Saturday, September 29, 2012

Quote of the Day

Last ¶ of a piece at Wonkette:

Scott Brown is sorry Elizabeth Warren forced his staffers to be so racist by being Indian, you guys. For their next trick, they will all make Chinese eyes at Chinese people and then have “Ghetto Night” where they wear do-rags and drink malt liquor.
Heh. Yep, that's how dipshits roll.

Saturday Emmylou Blogging

Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt : He Was Mine / Sweet Spot + Interview
Thanks to 1000Magicians, UK.

Friday, September 28, 2012

"Stupid and proud of it"

Old Fart's on the mend after a heart attack. The fire in his belly is burning a little slower but the flames are just as high and good for him!

Notable quote: "We have to outvote the stupid people that are a bigger threat to this country than terrorism".

Amen, brother!

He has a few words to say about his health and what it's like to be dead too. We wish him all the best.

Thanks to oldfartrants.

Get some, Jim!

I don't always agree with Jim Webb (D-VA) but I like and respect him. If there's one man in this country who is qualified to say any damn thing he wants on Veterans' issues, it's Jim Webb.

I got my Vietnam GI Bill benefits - help to get a loan to buy my first house and a check each school month while I learned my trade. I might be dead today if the VA hadn't helped me sober up. I was damn glad to get the help and I'm for damned sure not a "taker" or a "victim".

The newer Veterans, many created by an illegal and unnecessary war, deserve no less than whatever they need.

Via Andrew Sullivan.

"Muthaf**kin' Romney on the muthaf**kin' ballot!"

Also known as "Wake The Fuck Up". Obviously a Zionist plot according to the end credits. Heh.

Via Slate but it's all over the place.

Note to Sam Jackson: Ya shoulda waited 'til Grampa and Granma did the deed. They probly don't get to do that very often any more. Heh.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

President Obama: The Democrats' Ronald Reagan

If I could give a reading assignment, this would be it. Andrew Sullivan says what I think. I wish he had a better analogy than our Alzheimer's President, but he used to be a Repug and it kinda fits.

The hope many Obama supporters felt four years ago was not a phony hope. We didn’t expect miracles, but a long, brutal grind against the forces and interests that brought the U.S. to its 2009 economic and moral nadir. I’ve watched this president face those forces and interests with cunning and pragmatism, but also platinum-strength persistence. Obama never promised a mistake-free presidency, or a left-liberal presidency, or an easy path ahead. He always insisted that he could not do for Americans what Americans needed to do for themselves. In his dark and sober Inaugural Address he warned that “the challenges we face are real, they are serious, and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time.”

But in a first term, he ended the Iraq War on schedule, headed off a second Great Depression, presided over much more robust private-sector job growth in his recovery than George W. Bush did in his, saved the American automobile industry, ended torture, and saw his own party embrace full marriage equality and integrate gays into the military. If those liberals who voted for him in 2008 think this is somehow a failure or a betrayal, in the context of the massive crisis he inherited, then they could not have been serious about real change in the first place. But some of us were—and still are. We understood that real change meets real resistance. In fact, you only know it’s real when the resistance is so strong. And the proper response to that resistance is not to fire the president who made this Reagan-like first-term progress in a far worse economic and fiscal climate, but to redouble on the Obama promise, to insist that America’s profound problems can only be addressed by a compromising president making bipartisan deals. And which ticket is likelier to compromise with the other party: Obama–Biden or Romney–Ryan? The question answers itself.

Just as Reagan became an icon only in his second term, Obama needs four more years to entrench and build upon the large, unfinished strides in his first term. That’s why, if you backed Obama in 2008, as a liberal wanting change, as an independent wanting pragmatic solution-seeking, or as a conservative hoping to drag the GOP back from Palin-style insanity, it makes no sense to bail on him now. Because this is when the payoff of the long game really kicks in, when stronger economic growth will put a wind at the president’s back, when a bipartisan deal on debt could lift business confidence and accelerate recovery, when universal health-care reform becomes irreversible and health-care spending is slowed, when the last soldier leaves Afghanistan, when millions of illegal immigrants can come out of the shadows and help build the next economy, and when the spiraling emotions of religious warfare can be calmed, managed, and handled, rather than intensified, polarized, and spread more widely.

This was always Obama’s promise. He has not betrayed it. And we—yes, we—-deserve a chance to fulfill it.
I have nothing to add.

"Oh, Sweet Jesus!"

Even Morning Schmoe knows it's over.

Voter fraud?

But of course!

The Republican Party of Florida has cut ties with a company it paid $1.2 million to register voters after the elections supervisor in Palm Beach County asked the state’s attorney’s office to review 106 “questionable” applications.

Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher said she turned the applications over to law enforcement officials because of similar-looking signatures, missing information and wrong addresses on the forms. The questionable applications were part of a batch of 304 voter registration forms turned in by the firm using the Republican Party of Florida’s identification number, according to the Palm Beach Post.


Like we've been saying since this blog was founded, if the Republicans are raising hell about an issue, you can bet they're doing the things they're accusing everyone else of doing. If there is anything the GOP is good at, it's projection.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hatred Hits Home….Literally

Go see and read this. I don't have a yard sign but if I did and caught anyone doing this, they'd be under it.

Headline of the Day

UC Davis Students Reach $1 Million Settlement with University Over Pepper-Spraying Incident
Let's see - $1mil ÷ 21 students = -clicketyclicketyching - $47,647.61 each.

For that kinda jing ya can spray me with anything ya want even if it violates every civil & Constitutional right I've got for a few minutes! Doesn't make it right, though.

"Ya picked a fine time ta leave me, Loose Wheel..."

This is just so good!

Raw Story

Vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has apparently “gone rogue” and is now openly mocking his running mate, former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) in front of reporters and staff. Ryan has gone so far as to nickname Romney “The Stench,” and top brass at the Romney campaign have taken to referring to Ryan as “Gilligan.”

It was former political director of the Republican Party of Iowa Craig Robinson who said to the New York Times on Sunday, “I hate to say this, but if Ryan wants to run for national office again, he’ll probably have to wash the stench of Romney off of him.”
Bwahahahaha! I suggest pouring a #10 can of tomato juice on him, like gettin' skunk off a dog. It won't help but it'll be fun ta watch.

Have pity on Willard while his masters are robbing the joint blind

El Rude-o on the uselessness of discussing Willard's campaign any more.

There is an unmitigated gloom that now hangs over not just the Romney campaign, but media coverage of the entire race. You can see that despair in the face of everyone on television, in the words of every writer who still has to act as if this is anything but a waste of time until we learn by how much Barack Obama beats Mitt Romney. And the existential despair here is that they - hell, we - are all damned to keep discussing it because there's still over a month left. [...]

On the right, the punditry and reporting ranges from resigned recognition of imminent failure, with a vague hope of stanching the bleed out in congressional races, to desperately hammering away at the same points against Obama because repeating lies has worked so well before. It's pathetic, like watching a wounded seal try to get back to the safety of the shore before the killer whale finishes it off.

On the left, even though champagne corks are shaking in their bottles, that range is from disbelief that it's been this easy to cocky "told-you-so" crowing (guilty as charged). Yeah, there's always that show-off orca that likes to toss around the seal prior to devouring it.
Difference being that seals have value.

But all of this is a waste of time. The most desperate on the right will pen simple-minded articles, ranting about how Obama is so godforsakenly awful that Romney will win just because. That's bullshit, and their frantic ululations and blood sacrifices to their awful gods - Reagan, Ayn Rand, and others - demonstrate for all to see that they have nothing but dead virgins to show for their mad rituals at the edge of this exploding volcano.

Really, at this point, barring the discovery of some piece of video where Barack Obama says that he wants to fuck young white girls in front of the Lincoln Memorial, the only thing the President has to worry about with Romney is a surge in the pity vote.
Rude's wrong for once. The main thing we have to worry about is that the Repugs will steal the election. They're damn sure trying by every means they can think up and they've been thinking up new ones since Obama beat Grampa Walnuts by more votes than they were able to steal by the old means that "elected" Bush.

Hot sweaty married Jesus sex!

If it's Wednesday it must be Morford going on about how since it seems Jesus was married, all of Christianity will now change to reflect His actual life. When pigs fly.

Have you heard? Have you seen? For lo, the news hath spread far and wide, hath surely confounded many a true believer and scowling priest alike, even as it induced another long and beleaguered sigh from the subjugated female species of the world.

For lo, the fragment doth quote Jesus himself as referring to his “wife,” to Mary Magdalene herself as being one of his disciples, and to “dwelling with” none other than (oh no!) a woman.

What? Heresy! Blasphemy! Utter desecration to the hoary, patriarchal view of Jesus as being a tortured, celibate loner who would never touch a woman’s naughty bits; to Mary (and subsequently all women throughout history, forever) as being a lowly, repentant whore, and to sexuality and females alike as being lesser and dangerous, fearsome twin forces of chaos and destruction to be avoided at all costs.
As King herself told Smithsonian Magazine (I’m citing the Guardian here), the fragment casts serious doubt on the whole Catholic claim of a celibate priesthood based on Jesus’ celibacy. And that’s just for starters.

Is that too dramatic? Too difficult to believe? Hardly. It’s exactly those kinds of bleak, soulless teachings the church has leveraged for millennia to maintain control and keep women – and their terrifying, hysterical sexuality – in check. You know, for starters.

What’s more, a normalized, married, more “human” Jesus just isn’t a very good sell to the huddled, fundamentalist masses who’ve been hammered for centuries by the tragic lie that their gods are distant, judgmental megalomaniacs far separate from lowly, sinful humanity, and the best you can ever hope for is to maybe work hard enough, endure sex awkwardly enough, and pay enough money to the church so you don’t go straight to hell....

Put another way: What we don’t know about Jesus’ life, and about Magdalene as she relates to goddess lore and pagan history, what we don’t know of the true (bloody, brutal, heavily political) origins of the Christian faith and how the church founders manipulated and re-wrote everything to suit their needs, still far outweighs what we do.
The Holy Mutha Church has based its POWER over people on fear right from the start, kinda like the Repugs are doing. Neither is going to change until everybody hears God's voice booming from the heavens telling them to knock off the cheap shit and lies in His name. Probably not even then. There's too much money and power in it.

Quote of the Day

Mr. Charles P. Pierce:

... More to the point — and this is something that Ann Romney would not say, but I will: Every one of the people who are now so horrified at the campaign Mitt Romney is running spent three decades making the campaign Mitt Romney's running absolutely inevitable.


A dick sandwich; sidewalk underneath, sole of shoe on top, mit a big schmear of stupid.

How they think ...

All you need to know about how the reptilian brain of the average GOP voter works nowadays:


I did find one customer who had noticed the calorie labels: Dick Nigon of Sterling, Va. He and his wife, Lea, had stopped by McDonald’s after seeing an exhibit at the Renwick Gallery. Dick had ordered for the couple, noticed the calorie labels and liked them.

“I like that you have the information before you order,” he told me, when I asked about the labels. “It’s better than some kind of government health mandate in Obamacare.”

I told him that the calorie labels were, in fact, a government health mandate in Obamacare.

“Well that changes things a bit,” he responded. “I thought this was more of a voluntary sort of thing. Now I’m not quite sure how I feel about it.”


Nut, meet Shell. Keep yer gummint hands off my Medicare!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

No politics or outrage today

My brain is still catching up from my trip home somewhere between realizing I could die from snakebite when I'm doing a doggie bag job at the lovely Camp Roberts rest area on 101 and The Great I-5 Skivvy Jam where someone lost a pickup load of very colorful not-gender-specific underwear (in the slow lane, thankfully) or the 7 little brown guys in the 10-year-old 4-cylinder Ford F-Bucket with Arizona plates that couldn't get out of its own way and who didn't know where they were but no doubt happy they weren't in Arizona or in the gentle transition from the 7 lanes of eastbound rush hour traffic in Sackatomatoes (our state capital) to the goat path that leads to my house and this is what I've been reduced to for amusement. Caution: NSFW!

Better luck tomorrow. Hopefully...


Almost forgot. One of the highlights of our drives home from the coast is Casa de Fuckin' Everything on Hwy. 152 between Hollister and the haunted Pacheco Pass. If it can be made outta anything that grows, they've got it. Also animals, an RV Park, scads of old farm equipment, even a "Casa de Diesel" truck stop. Mrs. G got a bottle of their signature pomegranate wine and some strawberry pineapple slices. Worth a stop if you're in the area.

Quote of the Day


More people have won awards playing Alaskastan’s part-time governor and full-time grifter MOOSELINI than Palin has won elections.

Heh ...

Pic stolen from the Teanderthal Party.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Headin' home

Back at the pop stand tomorrow. See yas.

Oh, the irony...

Ironic Times

House Approves Bill “Allowing” Wealthy to Contribute to Treasury
Or they can just continue contributing to Romney.
Romney at Private Fundraiser: “My Job Not to Worry About” People Who Don't Pay Taxes
“Present company excluded,” he adds.
Scientists Find Way to Erase Bad Memories
They've been hired by Romney campaign.
Chinese Hospitals Debut Automatic Hands-Free “Sperm Extractors” for Sperm Donors
One American firm has plans to market them over here as “love machines.”
The "Happy Endingbot"? Geez, them Chinks take the fun outta everything!

Heh ...

Pic lifted from Paul Ryan's Tall Tales.

Sick? No health insurance?

The Mittster says that's okay, just go to the Emergency Room. Really.


In the 60 Minutes piece, interviewer Scott Pelley pointedly asked Romney: "Does the government have a responsibility to provide health care to the $50 million Americans who don't have it today?"

"Well, we do provide care for people who don't have insurance," Romney said. "If someone has a heart attack, they don't sit in their apartment and die. We pick them up in an ambulance, and take them to the hospital and give them care. And different states have different ways of providing for that care."


I wonder how they'd do it in Rick Perry's Texas? And is it me, or is that one of the main reasons for health care reform in the first place? Because it was too expensive to provide care for the uninsured through the ER? Bloody twat ...

Does Mitt want your vote?

Thanks to Too Informed To Vote Republican for the pic.