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Friday Quote & Hyrax Blogging

This week’s quote is from the amazing Dexter Gordon jazz movie, ‘Round Midnight:

It’d be the greatest city in the world, if I could just find some okra.

Mmm, okra…

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

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With free bonus alpaca!

November 5th, 2010 at 11:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging,La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Great Moments In Irony

The Blue Dogs’ own opposition to effective stimulus and financial reform led directly to the Republican wave which cut them in half.  (And I’m guessing that their opposition to the public option and support for the Stupak Amendment didn’t help them much either.)

And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of corporatist wankers.  Too bad it had to result in the ascendancy of even bigger corporate wankers.  Johann Hari sums it up nicely:

This is the story of the modern Republican Party. They use the cultural signifiers of the good people of Middle America to get their emotional identification, meanwhile they pillage Middle America and redistribute its wealth to the rich….

This is all made easy for Republicans by the fact that most of the Democratic Party slithers in the same trough of corruption, begging from the same billionaires and corporations, and so can deliver only a tiny notch more for ordinary Americans. This makes left-liberal ideas look discredited, when in truth they are largely discarded.

Unless and until we get some kind of robust public campaign financing, this is just going to get worse and worse.  The Democrats’ own corporate corruption has essentially given the GOP license to run even further and further to the right, secure in the knowledge that the other side is too compromised to truly oppose them.

November 5th, 2010 at 07:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Economy,Elections,Politics,Wankers

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