Archive for January, 2013

Monday Media Blogging

It’s like the Saw puppet’s much classier cousin…


January 28th, 2013 at 11:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Friday Quote & Panda Blogging

This week’s quote is from the lesser-known (but occasionally very trippy) Lars Von Trier film Zentropa:

How would you react, if you received from the cleaning man, a green card filled out like this?

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


January 25th, 2013 at 11:35am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

The Most Patient Man In The World

Harry Reid still hasn’t seen enough obstruction from Senate Republicans to support filibuster reform, saying, “The only way we’ll get rid of the filibuster is if it continues to be abused.”  He has either been sound asleep for the past four years, is the most trusting man alive, or he is simply and completely full of the brown stuff.

I believe that what’s going on here is that filibuster reform would actually make life more difficult for Reid and the rest of the Democratic caucus.  Their job isn’t to enact progressive economic laws that their corporate donors oppose, it’s to quietly prevent them while avoiding blame.  The continued existence of the filibuster makes this easy: They can all declare their undying support for financial reform, or the public option, or tax increases for the rich, and then let the Republicans do all the dirty work of blocking it.

But if there’s no filibuster and all the Democrats need is a simple majority which is easily attainable, Reid must engage in reverse whipping: Finding enough conservative Democrats from the Villain Rotation to vote against Progressive Bill X in pretend defiance of the party leadership.  Instead of just exposing one or two at a time to the wrath of their state’s Democratic voters, Reid could find himself forced to burn half his villain pool on every vote.

Worst case for Reid: Conservadems get primaried and replaced by progressives who refuse to join the Villain Rotation.  Best case for Reid: Conservadems get primaried and replaced by actual Republicans, making his job even easier than it is now.

(Cross-posted at MyFDL)

1 comment January 24th, 2013 at 09:57pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

When Goldman Sachs Does It, It’s Not Illegal

Fun legal fact I learned yesterday: Apparently it’s perfectly okay to outright lie to your customers, as long as there’s some possibility that they’re so “sophisticated” that they know you’re lying.

It’s apparently also okay as long as you have a whole bunch of innocent, hardworking hostages employees that would lose their jobs if your company got prosecuted out of existence.  Of course, if you sent the individuals responsible to prison, that wouldn’t put everyone else out on the street.  I can only assume that Breuer was worried that aggressive prosecution would drive those delicate souls to suicide like it did to Aaron Swartz.

I’d like to think Breuer is out at DOJ because of gross incompetence, but it’s probably more like he’s completed his mission of escorting the fraudsters safely across the statute of limitations threshold and is now ready to collect his reward.

(Cross-posted at MyFDL)

January 24th, 2013 at 07:22am Posted by Eli

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

Monday Media Blogging

Buses are awesome, apparently.

Free handles!

January 21st, 2013 at 04:52pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

The Difference

After finally watching the hilariously bad strawmanathon of Atlas Shrugged: Part I, where corrupt CEOs, lobbyists and politicians conspire to make it harder for corporations to make obscene profits, it was really driven home that one of the biggest differences between the right and the left is a fundamental disagreement on who’s mooching and who’s producing.

January 21st, 2013 at 02:44pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Movies,Politics,Republicans

Friday Quote & Panda Blogging

This week’s quote is from Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, starring Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro:

With a bit of luck, his life was ruined forever – always thinking that just behind some narrow door in all his favorite bars, men in red woolen shirts are getting incredible kicks from things he’ll never know.

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

Daring panda escape!

January 18th, 2013 at 07:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Go Me

If my calculations are correct, sometime around 3:17PM today, my blog reached 500,000 hits.  And it only took eight years!  Well, seven years and ten and a half months.

January 15th, 2013 at 06:06pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness

Monday Media Blogging

Commercials in a nutshell.

I don’t see any problem here.

January 14th, 2013 at 11:12am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Tea Party Continues To Be Totally Not Racist

As the saying goes, denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.

A T-shirt featuring Barack Obama dressed as a witch doctor — complete with a bone through the president’s nose — is proving to be somewhat popular at the South Carolina tea party convention in Myrtle Beach, according to the shirt’s creator.

Bob Cramer, a Myrtle Beach local, told Palmetto Public Record that his homemade airbrushed shirt is meant to be a comment about President Obama’s “takeover of medicine” through the Affordable Care Act. The shirt claims that Obama-the-medicine-man is “your new doctor, coming soon to a clinic near you!”

“Some people tell me it’s racist, but it’s not racist — it’s political,” Cramer said. “Matter of fact, that’s how I got invited here.”

Oh, absolutely.  I’m sure that if it were Hillarycare or Bidencare, we’d be seeing pictures of Hill or Joe as a witch doctor.  But one of the commenters has the best explanation of all as to why it’s not racist:

How in the world is this racist? If the same image (witch doctor type outfit, pierced nose, etc) were made of say, George Bush—or any white politician—it would be fine, right? To say you can’t depict Obama in a way that would be fine for any other person BECAUSE of his race is sorta’ racist itself, IMO.

So according to this logic, anything that could hypothetically be applied to a white person, no matter how nonsensically, not only can’t be considered racist, but exposes anyone who calls it racist as being the real racist.  It’s so stupid it’s brilliant!

January 14th, 2013 at 07:11am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Obama,Politics,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Friday Quote & Bear Blogging

This week’s quote is from Killer Joe, in which Matthew McConaughey goes surprisingly dark:

You’re very good at this.  Please moan.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s Savage Bear Attacks…


2 comments January 11th, 2013 at 07:13am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Monday Media Blogging

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the ultimate pinnacle of robot achievement:


1 comment January 7th, 2013 at 11:38am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Something To Look Forward To

Good job, Democrats!  Because the first thing you ask yourself when you pick a DSCC chair is, “Does he get along well with Republicans?”  I’m sure this will end well.

January 7th, 2013 at 07:37am Posted by Eli

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

Well This Is Reassuring

Shorter Nancy Pelosi: I was totally bluffing when I said I supported cutting Social Security, but it’s actually not such a bad idea.

January 6th, 2013 at 10:16am Posted by Eli

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

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Words of wisdom from Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, starring Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger(!):

Course, you gotta throw in a little extra just to let ’em know they’re not watching Saturday morning cartoons.

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

Who among us does not love Maru?

January 4th, 2013 at 11:22am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

The Difference

The bigoted asshole acts against gays based on who they are; the bystanders and proprietors act against bigoted assholes because of WHO THEY CHOOSE TO BE.

It’s a subtle point, I know; but maybe these idiots will figure out someday that if you don’t want to be treated like some kind of backward troglodyte who is unfit for polite society, then maybe, y’know, don’t be one.

January 4th, 2013 at 07:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Racism,Teh Gay,Wankers

Stay Classy, Republicans!

I guess disaster victims are lazy moochers who should just get jobs too.  Or maybe they should have been smart enough to live someplace that didn’t get trashed by a hurricane.

January 2nd, 2013 at 06:51am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Republicans,Wankers

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