Next Time, Just Appoint Someone And Spare Us This Travesty

January 31, 2010

I guess you could file this ad under “that voodoo that you do so well” (a reason why no one should ever have to “run” for the office of coroner – more here).

And as noted here, the guy responsible for this ad once went to federal prison for a conviction of tax evasion.

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The Supreme Court’s “Five Circus Midgets”

January 29, 2010

The latest from Pap on that dreadful Citizens United ruling…


Landrieu’s Bayou BS On Health Care

January 28, 2010

So Dem Senator Mary Landrieu “took a swipe” at Obama on health care, as CNN tells us here.

That’s really funny considering the overall garbage and misinformation she has been spewing on this subject, as captured in this video with Tweety and Dr. Dean (cutting to the chase, Dean is telling the truth and Landrieu is a liar, especially in that remark at the end about a “public choice,” or whatever the hell kind of nonsense she’s blathering about).

I’m definitely glad that O’Keefe and his little playmates were busted on their idiotic attempt to wiretap Landrieu’s office, if that is in fact what they were trying to do. However, part of me is also curious to find out what kind of discussions the Dem Louisiana senator has been having on this subject.

And remember, we heard about Landrieu’s latest antics on CNN.

We’ll have to “leave it there.”


Some SOTU Commentary, Including Chris “Ofay” Matthews

January 28, 2010

I’m glad you forgot, Tweety – thanks for reminding us anyway, you nitwit…

…and speaking of screwed-up priorities, watch the “loyal opposition” do nothing here.


As The Greek Tragedy Nears Its End

January 28, 2010

I’ve really tried to steer clear of the latest miseries in the personal lives of John and Elizabeth Edwards, though they are ready grist for the tabloids (of course) and our corporate media in general (even the supposedly august New York Times, which has easily devoted more coverage to the recent revelation of his parentage of Rielle Hunter’s child than it ever did to Edwards’ campaign, and I’m sure the news of the Edwards’ separation will receive a lot of play also).

Over at the Blogger site, I devoted an inordinate amount of time publicizing Edwards’ one-time campaign for president, and I was appropriately contrite when it turned out that the whispers about Edwards and Hunter were true, whispers which I dutifully ignored because of the brazenness of Edwards’ lies that they were false.

And I’ve really tried to leave Edwards behind to wallow in the utter carnage he has made of his personal and political lives because of his ridiculous dalliance. Still, every now and then I would write a post to anyone who would care to read it that Edwards was still out there and could serve in some unpaid capacity as some sort of advisor or someone to do some kind of pro-bono “troubleshooting” of one type or another (preferably in some of the destitute areas of our country).

I suppose, though, that the thought of Edwards going to some God-forsaken place to try and do some good is hilarious to the life forms amused by the “I Feel Pretty” You Tube video of Edwards fussing over his hair, thinking that to be indicative of his shallowness (though I believe Edwards is in Haiti now; a cynic would say that’s one way to avoid the spotlight at the moment, which I guess is a good point).

But here is why John Edwards used to matter to me (I’m also compelled to point this out after reading Richard Cohen’s typically ridiculous column about Edwards here – Cohen criticizes Edwards on poverty, but since Cohen is a practitioner of typical accountability-free Beltway punditry, he offers no specifics).

Edwards’ stand on poverty is indeed one of the reasons I supported him – not so much because what he said on this subject was necessarily groundbreaking, but because he even acknowledged it at all (Bill Maher said that Edwards was the first Democratic presidential candidate who cared about poverty since Bobby Kennedy, a span of over 40 years).

I also supported Edwards because he said he was flat wrong on Iraq during a time when it was politically unpopular to do so. Also, he was the first candidate in the ’08 race to put out a policy on health care that was well-received by experts on the subject, including Paul Krugman.

So while people ridicule Edwards over his sin (making me recall a certain individual who once said something about casting the first stone), let’s not chortle too loudly over the Edwards’ separation, if for no other reason because young children are involved.

Oh, and another thing – good luck trying to find the kind of passion on display in the clip below on health care reform from any of our politicians, who have so thoroughly prostituted themselves on behalf of the insurers and drug companies while entrusted with the well being of us all, including upwards of at least 31 million of our fellow citizens without health insurance.


Obama Should “Chill” On His Spending Freeze

January 26, 2010

Gee, didn’t a certain former Democratic presidential candidate criticize a former Republican presidential candidate for proposing this idiotic idea two years ago…

Here’s a message for our “hopey, changey” chief executive:

Despite the corporate media drum beat that people supposedly care about deficit reduction above all else (I mean, these news organizations with initials for names have paid such close attention to stories affecting the lives of everyday people all along, haven’t they?), it seems that I need to remind President Obama that deficit reduction doesn’t put food on the dinner table, help families to pay their bills including heating their homes, doesn’t give working men and women actual purchasing power to, you know, BUY STUFF THAT THEY AND THEIR FAMILIES ACTUALLY NEED, like clothes and furniture, doesn’t help families to pay for medicines or doctor’s visits, etc. (of course, that ties into health care, and I REALLY don’t want to go there).

Do you want to know what does all of the stuff I mentioned above?

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That’s what.

And in light of this brainless spending freeze idea, get an idea of what our “too cool for school” chief executive thinks (from here)…

“I’d rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president…”

Notice that a really sucky one-term president isn’t listed as an option.

And to not be sucky, here is what the president needs to focus on…

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Yes, deficit reduction is important, but that is an issue for another time (you know, when our economy is actually NOT shedding thousands of jobs a month).

And to get an idea of how a president is supposed to react when working men and women and families in this country are getting absolutely screwed over, here is the audio of President Kennedy’s remarks about U.S. Steel from April 1962 (alluded to in Frank Rich’s fine column in the New York Times last Sunday).

Listen and learn, Mr. President (and note that there is not a word about deficit reduction – more proof is here).


On This Occasion, Arlen Specter Was Right

January 25, 2010

So our recently-switched-over “Democratic” senator from PA tells Moon Unit Bachmann to “act like a lady” after she interrupts him while spouting her ridiculous RNC-approved talking points that have no basis in reality (here).

And as a result, the feminist hue and cry begins against Specter and he apologizes, even though he was right to tell Bachmann to be quiet and let him finish.

I’ll tell you what – here is the clip of the exchange between Specter and Bachmann. I’ll let you decide who’s right and who’s wrong.

In keeping with typical wingnut behavior, Bachmann is totally rude and petulant, and Specter called her out over it. Good for him. To me, the “takeway” from this clip, though, is the fact that Specter really isn’t able to keep up with the rat-a-tat-a-tat of what passes for political discourse in this country anymore (typified by right-wing talk radio).

So, acting like a typical Dem, Specter apologizes even though he was right.

What a joke.


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