Archive for January, 2011

Monday Media Blogging

The most useful and valuable car mods video you will ever see.

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“You’ll thank me when the zombies don’t eat your brains.” – Mayor Adam West

January 31st, 2011 at 11:21am Posted by Eli

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AZ Gun Dealers Do Their Part

In the wake of the Tucson shootings, Arizona gun dealers show their commitment to public safety by continuing to sell guns to anybody who wants one.  Because as conservatives keep telling us, the only way to be truly safe from the specter of gun violence is for everyone to be armed at all times.

January 31st, 2011 at 07:19am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Wankers

Bush/Obama’s Great Triumph/Failure

So which is it?  Is the revolution in Egypt a soaring vindication of Dubya’s belief that the citizens of the Middle East yearn for democracy and freedom? Or is it a telling indictment of Obama’s weak Islamist-coddling foreign policy?

I don’t think it can be both, but maybe my brain just isn’t limber enough.

January 30th, 2011 at 01:45pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Foreign Policy,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

More Fierce Advocacy

Robert Naiman questions the Obama administration’s sincerity on Egypt:

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Clinton urged the Egyptian government not to crack down on peaceful protests and not to disrupt social networking sites.

As of 5 a.m. this morning Cairo time, we had some preliminary data on the Egyptian government’s response to Secretary Clinton’s urgings.

Egypt: Internet down, police counterterror unit up,” the AP reported.

(…)

Will the US government now say, “Well, what do you want from us? We asked them not to do that.”

Is anyone going to be convinced by that? Will anyone say, “well, the U.S. did all it could?”

As the world knows, the U.S. government has two ways of asking governments that receive U.S. military and economic assistance to do things, or not to do them.

Sometimes the U.S. asks these governments to do things.

And sometimes the U.S. asks these governments to do things, and specifies possible consequences if the ask is not met.

And when Secretary of State Clinton asked the Egyptian government not to crack down on protests and not to disrupt social networking sites, it appeared to be the first case. No possible consequence was suggested if the U.S.-backed, U.S.-armed, and U.S.-supplied Egyptian government cracked down on the protesters and blocked social networking sites.

Perhaps, you might think, the U.S. was showing respect for Egyptian sovereignty.

But that doesn’t pass the laugh test. Because we have seen, over and over, that when the U.S. really wants something, it suggests that there will be consequences if the ask is not met. And then, if the ask is not met, the willingness of the U.S. to carry out threats is demonstrated.

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This is what the U.S. does when it really wants something. It suggests consequences.

Egypt is the second-biggest recipient of U.S. foreign aid. But judging from press reports, no U.S. official has even so much as whispered that a single penny of that aid might be conditioned on whether the Egyptian government allows peaceful protests. Nor has any U.S. official so much as whispered that a cancellation of a visa might be in the offing.

In other words, Obama opposes a crackdown in Egypt in much the same way that he opposes cuts to Social Security, or in much the same way that he supported the public option.  Very inspiring.

January 28th, 2011 at 08:02am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Clinton,Democrats,Foreign Policy,Obama,Politics,Wankers

Atlas Mooched

Who among us does not love delicious irony?

Fast forward to 1974. Alisa had surgery for lung cancer. This was a tough time, and Alisa needed some help, which came in the form of Evva Joan Pryor, a social worker in New York. Alisa’s attorneys, the firm of Ernst, Cane, Gitlin and Winick sent Evva to assist Alisa in signing up for Social Security and Medicare; where Medicare was only nine years old as a program at this point in time.

Evva later reported “Doctors could cost an awful lot more money than books earn, and she could be totally wiped out by medical bills if she didn’t watch it. Since she had worked her entire life, and had paid into Social Security, she had a right to it….After several meetings and arguments, she gave me her power of attorney to deal with all matters having to do with health and Social Security. Whether she agreed or not is not the issue, she saw the necessity for both her and Frank. She was never involved other than to sign the power of attorney; I did the rest.”

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So you are saying, ok, fine biography, what’s the deal with the contemptible fraud?

Strictly my own opinion, but Alisa Zenovievna was “Evil” and “Immoral” -  a “Moocher”, “Looter” and “Parasite” because she took Social Security and Medicare. Don’t believe me?

Those are her own words, for you know Alisa better as Ayn Rand.

Awesome.  The teabaggers who oppose all government spending and any kind of safety net are usually the the first to shout “Keep your government hands off my Medicare!”

January 27th, 2011 at 07:21pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Republicans,Social Security,Wankers

IOKIYAR Thought Experiment

I think Brad DeLong is mostly right that President Obama hasn’t really been all that different from Hypothetical President Romney, although I’m skeptical that Romney would have bothered with sweeping (but crappy) healthcare reform.  The more interesting part of his thesis is that Republicans and the media would be praising the exact same policies as Pragmatic Bipartisan Compromise instead of Liberofascist Socialist Overreach.  Which is probably mostly true, especially for the media, but I think DeLong underestimates the right’s loyalty to Romney and willingness to mindlessly carry water for him.

Still, the broader points are worth remembering:

1) Party affiliation is more important than actual policy.  Most Republicans will defend any other mainstream or conservative Republican’s policy and attack any mainstream or progressive Democrat’s, while most Democrats will (very timidly) do the same for mainstream and conservative Democrats and against Republicans.  Which is why Democrats would fight to the death to defend Social Security from a Republican president, but will roll over and play dead when Obama goes after it in the name of deficit reduction and fiscal “seriousness”, and why Republicans suddenly care about the Constitution and deficits after 8 years of looking the other way for Dubya.

2) The media is far more likely to approve of Republican actions and disapprove of Democratic actions than vice versa.  Because America is a center-right nation that doesn’t approve of any Democratic or progressive policies at all.  And Republicans are oh so serious and responsible, and so much stronger than Democrats on family values and economics and security and foreign policy.

January 27th, 2011 at 07:30am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Romney

Epic History Fail

We can always count on Michele Bachmann to say something untrue and downright crazy. It’s just the way she’s wired, I guess.

Speaking at an event sponsored by Iowans For Tax Relief, Bachmann hailed the “different cultures, different backgrounds, different traditions” of the early European settlers in America, adding that the “color of their skin” or “language” or “economic status” didn’t preclude them from seeking happiness.

“Once you got here, we were all the same,” she said. “Isn’t that remarkable? It is absolutely remarkable.”

The Minnesota Republican called slavery an “evil” and “scourge” and “stain on our history.”

“But we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States,” Bachmann added, claiming “men like John Quincy Adams… would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country.”

Awesome.  I had no idea that John Quincy Adams was one of the founding fathers.  I guess Lincoln was too, because he’s famous and his face is on money and stuff.

January 26th, 2011 at 11:38am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Republicans

It’s Hard Out Here For The Rich

Thomas Sowell tries to convince us that we should be grateful to the rich, because apparently everyone who has millions or billions of dollars accumulated them through some sort of innovation that made our lives better:

At one time, people like Rockefeller, Thomas Edison, Ford and the Wright brothers were regarded as heroes for having opened vast new possibilities for other human beings. The fact that they got rich doing it was an incidental part of the story.

We still have people revolutionizing our lives. Just think of the computer and the pharmaceutical drugs that have not only lengthened our lives, but made them more healthful, so that being 80 years old today is like being 60 years old in times past.

But today we seldom even know the names of those who have made these monumental contributions to human well-being. All we know is that some people have gotten “rich,” and that this is to be regarded as some sort of grievance.

Many of the people we honor today are people who are skilled in the rhetoric of grievances and promises of new “rights” at someone else’s expense. But is that what is going to make a better America?

So let’s all say thank you to the inventor of the residential mortgage-backed security – we wouldn’t be where we are today without you!

(Cross posted at MyFDL)

January 26th, 2011 at 07:51am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Media,Republicans,Wankers

It’s The Power, Stupid

Kevin Drum explains it all to you:

The problem is that a system that generates enormous income inequality also generates enormous power inequality — and if corporations and the rich are allowed to amass huge amounts of economic power, they’ll always use that power to keep their own tax rates low. It’s nearly impossible to create a high-tax/high-service state if your starting point is a near oligarchy where the rich control the levers of political power.

I am, fundamentally, old fashioned about this stuff: I think of the world as largely a set of competing power centers. Economics matters, but power matters at least as much, and I think that students of political economy these days spend way too much time on the economy and way too little time on the political. This explains, for example, why I regret the demise of private sector labor unions. It’s not because I don’t recognize their many pathologies, or even the fact that sometimes they stand in the way of economic efficiency. I’m all in favor of trying to regulate the worst aspects of this. But large corporations have their pathologies too, and those pathologies are far worse because there’s no longer any effective countervailing power to fight them. Unions used to provide that power. Today nobody does.

My biggest quibble is that Drum seriously underestimates the importance of power.  We are at a point where solutions don’t matter, what’s best for the country doesn’t matter – the only thing that matters is what corporations that rule us will allow.  And as long as that is true, any kind of meaningful progress or reform is impossible.

January 25th, 2011 at 11:35am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Economy,Politics

Defining Victory Down

How pitiful is it that we’ve reached a point where a Democratic president agreeing not to explicitly call for Social Security cuts in the State Of The Union address is considered some kind of great progressive victory?  It’s not even like he’s against them, either:

While Obama plans to stress the need to reduce record budget deficits in his State of the Union address, he is not expected to get into the details and will instead call for members of both parties to work together to tackle the problem, according to congressional and administration sources.

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Administration officials cautioned that Obama is not necessarily taking benefit cuts off the table. They said his vision for deficit reduction will become clearer with the release of his 2012 budget request in mid-February and in the months beyond, as both parties test the limits for compromise.

“This is a president who, in last year’s budget, instituted some tough measures. . . . You’ve seen proposals already this year to freeze civilian pay for government employees,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Monday. “And the president, again, will spend some time, not just tomorrow night and not just at the introduction of the budget, but throughout the year, talking about what we have to do, again, to make progress on our spending.”

So really all we’ve won so far is that Obama has agreed not to publicly admit that he’s in favor of Social Security cuts.  Kinda like how he never publicly admitted that he was opposed to the public option.  I hope progressives aren’t satisfied with this, because I sure am not.

January 25th, 2011 at 07:14am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Obama,Politics,Social Security,Wankers

Monday Media Blogging

I really don’t know what to say about this, other than “Holy crap.”

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(h/t Today’s Big Thing via David)

January 24th, 2011 at 11:23am Posted by Eli

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Mitch Daniels Wants GOP To Get Its Priorities Straight

Politico loves Mitch Daniels!  He’s a Serious Grownup who wants Republicans to focus on what’s really important!

[M]uch of the admiration is rooted in the truth-teller’s focus on the looming fiscal iceberg and willingness to tell audiences what they don’t want to hear. Better yet, the candidate pushes aside the divisive social issues that are thought to be non-negotiable with the party bases.

Daniels voiced such an idea fairly explicitly in a much-buzzed-about Weekly Standard profile last summer, calling for a “truce” in the culture wars so the political class can get down to the business of repairing the country’s finances.

In other words, cultural warfare is a waste of time – we need to focus on class warfare instead.

January 24th, 2011 at 07:06am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Media,Politics,Religion,Republicans

The Totally Harmless Not Violence-Inciting-At-All Glenn Beck

Boy, that sure was awesome when Glenn Beck said he never uses violent rhetoric.  Nope, he certainly never says anything at all that might encourage someone to violent action, nosiree.  I mean, sure, sometimes an unstable individual might think Beck is saying that, but that’s just the crazy talking, like with Byron Williams, who totally heard stuff that wasn’t there:

“You need to go back to June — June of this year, 2010,” said would-be mass murderer Byron Williams, referring to Glenn Beck in a jailhouse interview. Williams had been stopped by police in a San Francisco shoot out on his way to assassinate members of the ACLU and the progressive Tides Foundation in July of 2010. “Look at all his programs from June, and you’ll see he’s been breaking open some of the most hideous corruption,” Williams, who viewed Beck as a “schoolteacher on TV”, later said.

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The [Beck] transcript (as taken from the Fox “News” website) revealing the context, follows below…

Tea parties believe in small government. We believe in returning to the principles of our Founding Fathers. We respect them. We revere them. Shoot me in the head before I stop talking about the Founders. Shoot me in the head if you try to change our government. I will stand against you and so will millions of others. We believe in something. You in the media and most in Washington don’t. The radicals that you and Washington have co-opted and brought in wearing sheep’s clothing — change the pose. You will get the ends.

You’ve been using them? They believe in communism. They believe and have called for a revolution. You’re going to have to shoot them in the head. But warning, they may shoot you.

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In a jailhouse interview, Williams said that he “would have never started watching Fox News if it wasn’t for the fact that Beck was on there. And it was the things that he did, it was the things he exposed that blew my mind.” He said he regarded Beck “like a schoolteacher on TV.”

“You need to go back to June — June of this year, 2010 — and look at all his programs from June, and you’ll see he’s been breaking open some of the most hideous corruption,” Williams said.

Yes, I’m sure Beck had nothing to do with Williams’ attempted actions.  But I guess because he got stopped before he started slaughtering, he doesn’t count.  And if somebody decides to shoot a 78-year-old woman in the head because Beck called her an “enemy of the Constitution” and an advocate of violent revolution, I’m sure that won’t be his fault either.

January 21st, 2011 at 06:21pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Republicans,Wankers

Joe Lieberman: Warmonger, Liar Or Sexist?

Okay, I know he’s all three, but which is he more?

Just as the sun always rises in the east, so too does Joe Lieberman always lie about Iraq and WMD.

This morning Lieberman told Morning Joe that:

LIEBERMAN: …the evidence is very clear that [Saddam] was developing weapons of mass destruction…Charles Duelfer conducted the most comprehensive report on behalf of our government…he found, and proved I think, that Saddam…was developing chemical and biological weapons.

Lieberman followed up this embarrassing performance with snide condescension toward Arianna Huffington, who was also on the program:

HUFFINGTON: Well, based on this completely unfounded assumption, I sincerely hope for the sake of the country that you do not become Secretary of Defense.LIEBERMAN: Now Arianna, these are not unfounded. Go read the Duelfer Report.

HUFFINGTON: There is nothing in the report that proves anything that you have said.

LIEBERMAN: I don’t think you’ve read it, sweetheart.

Wow.  That is a virtuoso performance right there.  Good fucking riddance to this evil tool.  (Click through for more detail on just how dishonest Lieberman is about WMDs and the Duelfer report)

January 21st, 2011 at 11:17am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Iraq,Lieberman,Politics,Sexism,Wankers,War

Very Surprising Advice

A lobbyist tells freshman congresscritters to listen to lobbyists! No one could have anticipated!

And I’m sure this never would have occurred to them otherwise, what with them being all principled and stuff.

January 21st, 2011 at 07:17am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Politics,Wankers

I’m Sure This Will Settle The Issue Once And For All

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Certainly no one will ever question whether Obama was born in the US now!

Officials in Hawaii have tracked down papers indicating that President Obama was indeed born in their state, according to its new governor.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who took office in December, told Honolulu’s Star-Advertiser on Tuesday that “our investigation” indicates there is a recording of his birth.

“It actually exists in the archives, written down,” he said.

(…)

“It’s a matter of principle with me,” the 72-year-old said. “I knew his mom and dad. I was here when he was born. Anybody who wants to ask a question honestly could have had their answer already.”

On Tuesday, he again promised he would do “what I can do” to publicly verify that records show Obama was born in Hawaii and is a citizen of the United States, making him eligible to be President.

Probably a good time for me to repeat my summary of the birther debate in a nutshell:

“Barack Obama could clear up all these questions about his eligibility for the presidency if he would just produce his birth certificate.”

“Okay, here it is.”

“No, no, his birth certificate.

“Yes, this is it, right here.”

“No, no, his real birth certificate.”

“WTF?”

(graphic by Superpoop)

January 20th, 2011 at 11:43am Posted by Eli

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Fascinating Poll Results That Will Be Ignored

…Because apparently anything that more than 60 or 70% of Americans agree on must be some kind of wacky fringe leftist position that can be safely disregarded, like the public option and withdrawing from Iraq and not extending tax cuts for the rich.

  • 80 to 90+% of not just Americans, but of gun owners, want to make it harder for criminals, terrorists, and dangerously disturbed people to buy guns, favoring improvements in federal databases and background checks for all gun sales.  Why does the NRA hate gun owners?
  • The socialism that they rail against and see everywhere is more popular than the teabaggers are.  So if you’re looking for someone to identify as wacky and fringe, maybe it should be the guy holding the picture of the President Of The United States as a witch doctor with a bone through his nose.

I think the third bullet point is the only one that even has a chance of being heard.  But I fear that Obama is too committed to cutting Social Security for it to matter.  And I’m sure he can find enough Republicans and conservadems to make it happen.

If only we lived in a democracy, where the will of the people actually counted for something.

1 comment January 20th, 2011 at 07:35am Posted by Eli

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

Very Strange Definition Of Hero

Apparently a “Democratic hero” is someone who sabotages all attempts to turn Democrats’ signature initiative into something useful and good, and supports it only after it becomes a public-optionless, more-bad-than-good giveaway to the pharma and insurance industries.  Oh, and who represents a state that’s much more progressive than they are.

Let’s see, Blanche Lincoln and Arlen Specter defeated, Lieberman and Kent Conrad retiring… can Ben Nelson and Max Baucus be far behind?

January 19th, 2011 at 07:22am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Healthcare,Lieberman,Politics,Wankers

Obama Continues To Be Indistinguishable From Republicans

Obama is such a fount of right-wing talking points, I expect him to start demanding to see his own birth certificate any day now…

President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he would order a government-wide review of regulations with the goal of eliminating those that hurt job creation and make the U.S. economy less competitive.

“It’s a review that will help bring order to regulations that have become a patchwork of overlapping rules, the result of tinkering by administrations and legislators of both parties and the influence of special interests in Washington over decades,” Obama wrote.

In an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal, Obama said some government regulations have placed “unreasonable burdens on business — burdens that have stifled innovation and have had a chilling effect on growth and jobs.”

(…)

Business leaders say government regulations, including those being written for the healthcare overall and financial reform, have hurt job creation at a time of high unemployment.

So President Hopey Changey hates progressives, is pro-tax cuts, pro-security state, anti-Social Security, anti-workers, anti-transparency, and now anti-regulations.  I’m having a hard time seeing what makes him a Democrat in any meaningful sense of the word.  Then again, maybe that word doesn’t mean what it used to anymore.

January 18th, 2011 at 11:27am Posted by Eli

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

Integrity: I Haz It

Smooth move, T-Paw:

Likely 2012 Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty said Sunday that when he promoted a bailout plan aimed at stabilizing the imploding mortgage market in 2008 he was speaking solely as a surrogate for GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain of Arizona and never actually supported the idea himself.

“Play the tape. It says ‘he believes’ and I was speaking as a spokesperson for Senator McCain,” the former Minnesota governor said on “Fox News Sunday” after host Chris Wallace played video of Pawlenty endorsing what was billed as a bailout for both the mortgage industry and “Main Street.”

“But I didn’t support -don’t support – bailing out places like Wall Street, General Motors and the like with respect to the federal role of government,” Pawlenty said.

Oh, so he didn’t support the bailouts, he only pretended to support the bailouts which he actually opposed.  That’s ever so much better.

January 18th, 2011 at 07:27am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Monday Media Blogging

The future of glasses-free 3D TV:

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Make this happen at once plz.

(h/t Engadget)

January 17th, 2011 at 11:53am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Greatest Test Post Ever.

Yet another reason why my girlfriend is awesome:

I’m not a real post. I’m just a placeholder post so that the lovely girl who made this blog can test various templates with content. Someday my usefulness will come to an end, and I will be deleted. Relegated to the void from which there is no return. Alas. I should meditate on the transitory nature of the universe, and then maybe I’ll feel better about just being a test post. And really, I shouldn’t refer to myself as “just” a test post. Test posts serve an important and valuable purpose! Without me, the wickedly intelligent and beautiful blog author wouldn’t have a clear idea of how the finished product will look. I’m useful! Vital, even! But still temporary. Ah, impermanence, the essential truth of all things. Sigh. I’ll stop moping about it now. You don’t care about the test post. Nobody cares about the test post.

It seemed a shame to let it just vanish into the ether with no one to remember it or mourn its passing.  So…

That’ll do, test post.  That’ll do.

3 comments January 15th, 2011 at 05:50pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Coolness,Quotes

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from the classic Ernst Lubitsch/Greta Garbo(!) comedy, Ninotchka:

Now isn’t that too bad – the last time I jumped, I forgot to time it.

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

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Aww.

January 14th, 2011 at 11:29am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Something To Look Forward To

I fear that Yves is right, and Third Way is to mortgages and foreclosures what Obama’s catfood commission is to Social Security.

How did we get to a place where blowing off the rule of law can be considered the sensible moderate position?

January 14th, 2011 at 08:12am Posted by Eli

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

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

This seems like it could potentially be a good fit:

Glenn Beck announced yesterday that he will be taking his controversial talk-show to China – permanently!

According to inside sources, Chinese media giant CCTV offered Glenn Beck a $3 billion dollar/year contract to move his show to China.

“We believe the Chinese people will embrace Beck’s love of government and respect for authority,” said Jin Yao, VP of Social Relations at CCTV. “He is an expert fearmonger and a skilled propagandist. The People’s Republic of China can only benefit from his scare tactics and fanaticism.”

Representatives from Glenn Beck’s television show, The Glenn Beck Program, say that the deal has already been finalized, and that Beck and his family have already purchased a home in Beijing.

“Glenn Beck is excited for the move,” said Alexandra Dumascis, Beck’s publicist. “He can’t wait to take his political extremism overseas and help the people of China become patriotic, red-blooded Communists.”

“He’s already brushing up on his Mandarin!” she added.

(…)

Beck refused to comment to major media outlets about his decision to defect. However, he did make a private call to the Weekly World News office to explain his motives.

“$3 billion dollars is a lot of money,” said Beck. “You’d have to be a complete idiot to turn down that much dough. The American people can complain all they want, but the truth is: I’d sell my soul to the devil for $3 billion bucks!”

What could possibly go wrong?

January 12th, 2011 at 11:58am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News

Deceit Or Denial?

Erick Erickson proclaims his righteous Christian innocence:

In addition to insisting that people talking about the attempted assassination of a Jewish public servant should emphasize the importance of “a saving faith in Jesus Christ,” Erick Erickson laments the “extreme rhetoric” of non-Christians:

In all the discussions we’re having, let’s not forget that bad things have happened throughout history, but we are seeing more and more a pattern of violence from those who reject Christ and we are seeing the most extreme rhetoric from those who reject the only real truth while embracing every other historic fad and nonsense as variations of truth.

Erickson is right. Why, just this morning, I came across a quote from a loud-mouthed atheist who denounced former Supreme Court Justice David Souter as a “goat fucking child molester.”

No, wait: That was Erick Erickson. And so was this: “At what point do the people tell the politicians to go to hell? At what point do they get off the couch, march down to their state legislator’s house, pull him outside, and beat him to a bloody pulp for being an idiot?” And it was Erick Erickson who said he’d pull a shotgun on any government employee who tried to make him fill out the American Community Survey, too.

If Erickson’s well-advertised fondness for Christ doesn’t stop him from talking about beating people to a pulp, or pulling guns on them, or from referring to public servants as child molesters, or from presuming to know who God is angry with at any given moment, he should at least take a look at what the Bible has to say about hypocrisy before going on about the “extreme rhetoric” of non-believers.

It sure is a good thing that Sarah Palin and the other teabaggers and violent hate talkers are non-Christians, or Erick would look really stupid!

And then there’s the supposedly Mormon Glenn Beck, who I heard talking about how liberals were making fools of themselves by politicizing violence, and that there was no point telling him to tone down the violent rhetoric because he never uses it.  Really.

I guess he’s forgetting about the time he joked about poisoning Nancy Pelosi’s wine.  Or fantasized about killing Michael Moore.  Or all the times he’s talked about shooting people or getting shot, or driving stakes through people’s hearts.

I dunno, maybe your perspective on what kind of talk is “violent” is different when all the guns are pointing away from you.

1 comment January 12th, 2011 at 07:55am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Monday Media Blogging

Charles Bronson’s awesome Japanese cologne commercial:

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Damn, I gotta get me some of that stuff.

January 10th, 2011 at 11:13am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Thanks, Conservatives!

Thanks so much for all the over-the-top rhetoric about how the Democrats are unlawful fascist tyrants who must be overthrown or killed.

Thanks so much for nodding and winking at the teabaggers who paraded around with firearms and “Time To Water The Tree Of Liberty” t-shirts at Democratic healthcare townhalls.

Thanks so much for denying all responsibility every time some nut goes off and attacks liberals or Democrats, and/or implying that they were perfectly justified.

Thanks so much for fighting so hard to make it easy to buy guns and carry them around everywhere.

I have some questions for you, if you’re not too busy telling us all about how Jared Loughner is a pot-smoking hippie:

1) If all these acts of violence are committed by dangerously disturbed people who are completely apolitical and uninfluenced by your steady drumbeat of “DEMOCRATS ARE TYRANNICAL AND BAD!  KILL DEMOCRATS!”, then wouldn’t they be attacking conservatives in roughly equal numbers?

2) If you deplore these violent acts of dangerously disturbed individuals acting completely on their own with no political agenda whatsoever, why do you insist on making it so easy for them to acquire guns?  Especially when the law of averages suggests that the next twenty or so Totally Random Apolitical Attacks will be on conservatives?

3) Have you, at long last, no sense of decency?  How can you continue to use such recklessly violent language after so much violence?  If you had dinner with a family who lost a family member to gun violence, would you be cracking gun jokes all night long or talking about how much you’d like to see some liberal politician taken out and shot?

4) Seriously, what the hell is wrong with you people???

(Crossposted at MyFDL)

January 9th, 2011 at 01:50pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Eli’s Obsession With The Google

I suppose it goes without saying that my blog is the #1 search result for penguins are whores…

Multi Medium, one-stop shopping for all your dirty penguin whore needs.

1 comment January 6th, 2011 at 05:47pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Eli's Obsession With The Google

With Dems Like These…

Awesome News Item #1:

President Obama will address the U.S. Chamber of Commerce next month in a high-profile bid to develop a better relationship after their corrosive sparring last fall over the business group’s big spending to elect Republicans.

He will speak on Feb. 7 to members of the nation’s largest association of business and industry, said Jen Psaki, Mr. Obama’s deputy communications director.

“The president will discuss his commitment to growing the economy and making America more competitive and the importance of working together to create jobs,” Ms. Psaki said.

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Mr. Obama’s outreach to the group is part of a strategy for the second half of his term of emphasizing business-friendly policies to encourage job growth, free trade and international competitiveness after two years in which the administration’s push to overhaul the health insurance and financial regulatory systems alienated many in the business community.

If Obama wasn’t sufficiently business-friendly over the last two years, I shudder to think what the next two will be like…

Awesome News Item #2:

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called for “a fundamental realignment” of state government on Wednesday, saying New York needs to rethink the services it provides and face up to its overspending problem before it is too late.

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The new governor mentioned the word “tax” or “taxes” 21 times, mostly to denounce them and promise to lower them. “What made New York the Empire State was not a large government complex,” he said. “It was a vibrant private sector that was creating great jobs in the state of New York.”

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In addition to freezing the salaries of most state workers, Mr. Cuomo would reduce spending on Medicaid and limit local property tax increases statewide.

He’s like Obama’s Mini-Me or something.  The Democrats have gotten so good at mimicking Republicans that we don’t even need Republicans any more.  Or Democrats.

January 6th, 2011 at 11:52am Posted by Eli

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

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