Archive for October 8th, 2008

Quote Of The Day

As much as I liked that Ayn Rand(!) quote, it wasn’t the best thing I read today.  From a dodgy AP scare story about terrorists allying with Latin American drug lords:

Added U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration operations chief Michael Braun: ”It is not in our interest to let that potpourri of scum to come together.”

I bow.  I’m sure I can find some uses for that one.

(h/t dakine)

October 8th, 2008 at 11:42pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Quotes,Terrorism

McCain’s Prisoner Dilemma

I am not a number, I am a free man!

I guess John McCain secretly harbors the same feelings about the Bush administration as the rest of us…

Across this country, this is the agenda I have set before my fellow prisoners. And the same standards of clarity and candor must now be applied to my opponent.

In all fairness, I think my liberal blog-brethren may be making too much of a very minor slip.  Senator McCain obviously meant to say “my fellow pensioners.”

October 8th, 2008 at 11:22pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,McCain

Ayn Rand Got One Thing Right…

CBS’s FBI crime drama, Criminal Minds, is prone to bracketing its episodes with literary quotes.  This week’s closing quote, from Ayn Rand:

Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it.

Can’t argue with that one.  Although I suppose I could just deny it…

October 8th, 2008 at 11:03pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Quotes,Republicans

Gibbs Vs. Hannity: Almost But Not Quite

Good news, bad news.

The good news is that Obama Communications Director Robert Gibbs called Hannity out for hosting repulsive anti-semite Andy Martin on his show to smear Obama as William Ayers’ terrorist catspaw.  The bad news is that, in my opinion, he didn’t seal the deal.

Two, maybe three, things I would have liked to see:

1) Hannity’s principal defense was that he frequently invites people onto his show that he disagrees with, making no distinction between “guests” that he badgers, shouts down, and generally attempts to discredit, and guests that he respectfully treats as Learned Authorities.

So while Hannity claims that he finds Martin’s anti-semitism despicable, he listened raptly to everything he had to say, in contrast to his treatment of Mr. Gibbs, who he began shouting down as soon as his line of attack became apparent.  Gibbs did point out that Hannity gave Martin a platform, but he only made the point once and was partially drowned out.  I would have loved for him to say something like, “You let an anti-semite talk on your show for six minutes, but you won’t even give me thirty seconds.”

And if that bought him some breathing room, then…

2) Funny how all three examples Hannity gave of people that he interviewed and didn’t agree with were Al Sharpton, Malcolm Shabazz, and Khalid Abdul Muhammed, all of whom are black, and all of whom, as far as I can tell, are pretty damn anti-semitic (he also inexplicably asked Gibbs whether Obama had ever met with Louis Farrakhan, which appears to be a matter of great speculation in racist wingnut circles).

That seems like a strange way to make the case that you’re not anti-semitic, but more importantly, I would have liked to see Gibbs ask Hannity why he was naming exclusively black anti-semitic boogeymen – is it because he wants people to associate Obama with them?  Is Hannity not just anti-semitic, but anti-black as well?  Is he just a flat-out bigot who hates everyone who’s not a white heterosexual male?  Alas, Gibbs was so focused on driving home his anti-semitism talking point that he was unable to pivot to the enormous opportunity Hannity was giving him.

3) Hannity also made a big indignant deal about how he’s been a staunch supporter of Israel for the last thirty years.  Not sure how much good it would have done, but I would have liked to see Gibbs point out that being anti-semitic and anti-Israel are not necessarily the same thing.  Maybe Hannity is pro-Israel simply because he hates Muslims even more than he hates Jews, or maybe he’s one of those fundie Christians who believe that you can’t have Teh Rapture without Israel.  I would bet money that his head would explode if his daughter tried to marry one.

Anyway, to sum up, Hannity is a vile racist bastard, and I hope that someday everyone realizes it.  That goes for Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Ann Coulter, and all the rest of the right-wing hate merchants.

October 8th, 2008 at 10:14pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Elections,Media,Obama,Politics,Racism,Republicans

How It All Began II

Can you prove it didn’t happen?

(From Married To The Sea)

October 8th, 2008 at 08:15pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Comics

How It All Began I

Yes, I imagine it went very much like that – except I’m not so sure there was anyone actually raising objections.

(From Married To The Sea)

October 8th, 2008 at 06:11pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Comics

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

The Amish have unexpectedly catapulted themselves to the forefront of the alternative energy community:

The Amish have begun using zombies for manual labor. Despite their reputation for resisting change and a simple life, the Amish are quickly replacing horses and other beasts of burden with the walking dead in many rural communities.

A recent outbreak in nearby Philadelphia brought scores of zombies to Pennsylvania’s idyllic “Amish Country.” Quilt shops and covered bridges from Lancaster to Brandywine were littered with animated corpses. But in tragedy, Jebediah Rosmarin saw an opportunity.

“The town was filled with zombies, and the Jenkins needed their barn raised. Seemed like the natural thing to do.”…

Given their long lifespan and limited food requirements, zombies have become an ideal pack animal for a slow economy. Now covered buggies pulled by zombies can be seen slowly hobbling throughout Lancaster County.

When asked if it is ever awkward to see former friends and loved ones as living-dead pack animals, Rev. Kurtzweill responded “We know they would forgive us for denying them peace, and we forgive them for trying to eat us. In the end the work gets done and that’s what’s most important.”

It seems like a win-win solution all the way ’round.  What could go wrong?

October 8th, 2008 at 11:32am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News

Congressional Republicans Get A Taste Of What It’s Like

There’s a certain delicious irony here:

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) will focus its limited resources on just a handful of GOP-held seats, if its first ad buys are any indication.

The committee used independent expenditures to launch a trio of ads Tuesday in districts it hopes to hold in November.

It spent $2.5 million on ads to prop up vulnerable incumbents Tim Walberg in Michigan and Steve Chabot in Ohio and to save retiring Rep. Terry Everett’s Alabama seat.

The investment represents more than one-sixth of the total cash on hand the NRCC had at the end of August, according to Federal Election Commission reports and sources in the committee.

With Democrats claiming a playing field of several dozen districts, it indicates the NRCC’s independent expenditure operation will be picky with the races it feels it can affect, targeting large sums of money on them and leaving other candidates to fend for themselves.

Hey, that sounds familiar, doesn’t it?  A lucky few get generous handouts, while everyone else gets, “Sorry, there’s not enough money to go around so you’re on your own.  Good luck with those bootstraps!”

Of course, unlike the ordinary people getting stiffed by our government, they’ll still be rich and comfortable, and even if they lose their elections there’ll be cozy, lucrative lobbyist jobs waiting for them on the other side of the revolving door.  I’m sure that makes all of us feel much better.

(h/t Peterr)

October 8th, 2008 at 07:06am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Politics,Republicans

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