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Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from the Rudy Ray Moore blaxploitation PCP freakout classic, Disco Godfather:

You must excuse me, Miss Edwards, but when I think about newspaper reporters… I think about little twerps that are smoking cigars, and their beat-down hats, but in your case, I’m gonna give you the full coverage.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s cats…

Surprised Kitten is surprised!

December 4th, 2009 at 06:39pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Wankers Of The Month, Part II

Surely I can’t be the only one who desperately wants to smack these self-important assholes upside the head:

Some of President Obama’s wealthiest supporters are becoming a bit whiny, and it has nothing to do with policy.

Tickets for tours of the presidential residence are scarce, even for those who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for last year’s campaign. Private fundraisers tend to be brief, businesslike affairs. And there have been no sleepovers in the Lincoln Bedroom, weekends at Camp David or intimate lunches with the first couple.

Nearly a year into his presidency, that pattern has led some top Democratic donors across the country to grumble that they aren’t getting the kind of personal attention from Obama and access to the White House they became used to during the eight years of Bill Clinton’s presidency.

“I’ve had almost no communication with the White House,” said Chris Korge, a top supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton from Miami who later collected $5.5 million for Obama, making him one of the president’s biggest fundraisers.

Korge said his only visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. was a St. Patrick’s Day event. He complained in a recent interview that the administration has done little to reward the president’s donors or tap into their experience and wisdom.

“There is no connection between the administration and money people,” he said. “If they do have any connection . . . it is very limited as far as the fun stuff is concerned.”

There are probably millions of non-gazillionaire Obama supporters who worked their asses off and contributed money they couldn’t afford, who are bitterly disappointed by Obama systematically betraying almost every single progressive ideal and their hopes that he would take decisive action to fix everything Bush broke, and these entitled jackasses are whining because they’re not getting stroked enough?  Bite me.

December 4th, 2009 at 11:39am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Obama,Wankers

Wankers Of The Month, Part I

Hasn’t Grandma Millie suffered enough?

Ben Bernanke let his slip show at multiple points during his confirmation hearing today. First, as Ryan Grim reports, he echoed bank robber Willie Sutton in targeting nothing less than Social Security:

In testimony before the Senate Banking Committee today, where he’s seeking re-appointment as the Fed’s chairman, Bernanke called for cutbacks in Medicare and Social Security even as unemployment rises and the middle class is endangered.

Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) sympathized with Bernanke, saying that, because of entitlement spending, “you’re going to be looking at a situation where the Congress will be unable to provide any kind of fiscal discipline because of the mandatory spending. That puts an enormous burden on your plate.”

“Well, Senator, I was about to address entitlements,” Bernanke replied. “I think you can’t tackle the problem in the medium term without doing something about getting entitlements under control and reducing the costs, particularly of health care.”

Bernanke reminded Congress that it has the power to repeal Social Security and Medicare.

“It’s only mandatory until Congress says it’s not mandatory. And we have no option but to address those costs at some point or else we will have an unsustainable situation,” said Bernanke […]

Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) followed Bennett and pointed out that “there’s only really two ways you can deflect this deficit, and that’s either by cutting expenditures or raising income taxes or other forms of taxes.”

Reed asked him if he could think of other ways, but Bernanke returned to entitlement money as the way to balance the budget.

“Willie Sutton robbed banks because that’s where the money is, as he put it,” Bernanke said. “The money in this case is in entitlements.”

Sounds like someone wants to see a cat food commission in the near future.

Bernanke likes to say that he’s not following the lead of his predecessor and getting involved in fiscal policy. But clearly, that’s not universal. He’s fine with talking about entitlement cuts to Social Security and Medicare. It’s when tax increases for the rich or on stock trades come up, that Bernanke demurs and says that Congress writes the laws.

(…)

So let’s tally that up. No second stimulus, no jobs bill, no public investment to deal with the worst hiring crisis since the Depression, no relief for a jobless recovery, but yes to cutting people’s meager Social Security benefit and their health care in their old age.

Trillions of dollars in bailouts for the assholes who trashed our economy GOOD; Social Security and Medicare BAD.

I’m glad to see that the holds on Bernanke’s nomination are multiplying – and at least 75% of them are Republican, which means they might actually be honored.

December 4th, 2009 at 07:08am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Economy,Wankers


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