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Question

Are any of the right-wing homophobes who are up in arms over the Burger King Pride Burger boycotting Skittles? Because if “Taste The Rainbow” isn’t literally shoving the gay agenda down our throats, I don’t know what is.

July 11th, 2014 at 05:42pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Republicans,Teh Gay,Wankers

Great Moments In Lying

Ted Cruz explains that the GOP’s love of the rich is really a great big lie, and that Republicans are really the only party that helps the poor… presumably by eliminating taxes and regulations so that the rich have more money to spend, some of which may occasionally go to the poor.

I, for one, would like to apologize on behalf of all progressives for our shameful lack of appreciation of all the GOP’s charitable good works.

March 22nd, 2014 at 12:12pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Republicans,Wankers

That’s Nice, But It Kinda Misses The Point

The problem isn’t that some states don’t know how to make voting accessible to everybody, it’s that THEY DON’T WANT TO.

January 22nd, 2014 at 06:48pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,Politics,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

How To Tell If You’re A Party Of Idiots

If you have to send your politicians to classes to teach them How Not To Say Stupid Shit, you might just be a party of idiots.

2 comments December 5th, 2013 at 12:03pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Republicans,Sexism,Wankers

Deloitte CEO Destroys False Equivalence In Two Sentences

This is why all the both-sides-do-it/both-sides-are-equally-at-fault arguments are bullshit, and have always been bullshit:

While both parties have extreme elements, he suggested, only in the G.O.P. did the extreme element exercise real power. “The extreme right has 90 seats in the House,” Mr. Echevarria said. “Occupy Wall Street has no seats.”

Hilarious bonus quote:

“We have got to quit worrying about the next election, and start worrying about the country,” said [House Tea Party caucus member Randy] Neugebauer, who sits on the House Financial Services Committee and is a recipient of significant donations from Wall Street.

Riiiight.  I’d hate to see what it looks like when you guys aren’t worrying about the country.

October 10th, 2013 at 07:02am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Economy,Politics,Quotes,Republicans,Wankers

IOKIYAR In Action

Democratic opposition to domestic spying by a Republican president: 73%.  Democratic opposition to domestic spying by a Democratic president: 70%.

Republican opposition to domestic spying by a Republican president: 50%.  Republican opposition to domestic spying by a Democratic president: 77%.

Of course this refers only to Democratic and Republican voters.

August 17th, 2013 at 12:36pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Cheney,Constitution,Democrats,Obama,Politics,Polls,Republicans,Terrorism,Wankers

So, To Sum Up…

Global warming and racism are hoaxes perpetrated to advance the liberal agenda, but voter fraud is TOTALLY REAL.

July 19th, 2013 at 07:08pm Posted by Eli

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

Teh Serious

Okay, sure, I can sort of buy Krugman and Lemieux’s premise that horrible ideas like austerity, torture, and endless war all stem from the same macho impulse to to prove oneself a Manly Serious Man Of Action Who Can Make The Hard Choices, but why is it that it always seems to be someone else who pays the price for those “hard choices”?

It’s kinda hard to respect the machismo and courage of a pundit or politician who calls upon complete strangers to make sacrifices instead of themselves or their family, friends, or peers.  If I saw Cheney and Dubya personally ducking bullets in Baghdad, or Paul Ryan urging tax increases for himself and his wealthy benefactors as the first step to shrink the deficit, then I would be impressed.

Maybe Atrios has it right after all, and they really are sadists.

May 20th, 2013 at 06:18pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Iraq,Media,Politics,Social Security,Taxes,Torture,Wankers

If Only

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If the right “defended” marriage in the same way that they defend gun ownership, I would probably have two husbands and five wives by now.  And at least four of them would be cats.

April 17th, 2013 at 08:21pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Republicans,Teh Gay,Wankers

A Foolish Consistency Is The Hobgoblin Of Little Minds

I would love to see what the OMG OBAMA DIDN’T SAY TERRORISM BECAUSE HE LOVES TERRORISTS right-wing jackasses will say if it turns out that the Boston Marathon bomber turns out to be one of their own, what with the bombings taking place at the site of the original Tea Party on Tax Day and all.  Probably complain about how they’re being persecuted and stereotyped.

April 15th, 2013 at 07:46pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Republicans,Terrorism,Wankers

Epic Fail Complete

The Democrats are now officially the party that’s trying to cut Social Security, and the Republicans are now the party that’s trying to protect it.  Nice work Mr. President, I didn’t even know it was possible to score an own-goal in eleventy-dimensional chess.

April 10th, 2013 at 07:11pm Posted by Eli

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

Great Moments In Journalism

Jeffrey Goldberg discovers that people who were tortured by Saddam Hussein think that the US deposing him was a good thing.  Such insightful reporting, and such a surprising result!

April 9th, 2013 at 11:34am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Iraq,Media,Wankers,War

No Irony At All Here, Nope

So… Rick Warren’s supporters are offended by people claiming to know God’s judgment?

Sucks, doesn’t it?

April 7th, 2013 at 05:54pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Religion,Wankers

Shocking News That No One Expected

No!  Really?

First and foremost, rich people care about the deficit. More than 85 percent of the survey participants said they considered the nation’s budget deficit to be a “very important” problem facing the country, the researchers found. In addition, nearly one-third of those surveyed said the budget deficit and too much government spending is the nation’s biggest issue.

That stands in contrast to the rest of the country, only 7 percent of which focused on the budget deficit, instead zeroing in on jobs and the economy, according to a 2011 CBS survey cited by the researchers.

“Why did policymakers focus so intently on the deficit issue?” Page and Bartels wrote in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times. “One reason may be that the small minority that saw the deficit as the nation’s priority had more clout than the majority that didn’t.”

Rich Americans also have ideas about how to cut that deficit that differ from the less wealthy. Compared to others, the survey found the rich are more likely to want to cut government-subsidized health care and social welfare programs like Social Security. They’re also less supportive of initiatives that help the unemployed and raise the standard of living for low-wage workers than the rest of the country.

Wow, if it weren’t for this study, I would have had no idea that rich people have completely different priorities and far more political influence than everyone else.  Thanks, Science!

March 26th, 2013 at 11:25am Posted by Eli

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

Word Choice Question

So would it be more appropriate to say that Cyprus is strengthening its bank deposits, or that it’s reforming its bank deposits?

1 comment March 26th, 2013 at 07:04am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Social Security,Wankers

So it Has Come To This

Our media landscape is now so thoroughly debased that Rupert Murdoch buying up the Tribune Company is apparently the best outcome we can hope for.

March 12th, 2013 at 07:44pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Republicans,Wankers

It All Depends On What Your Definition Of “Prominent” Is

Mr. Pierce spots a very simple difference between “Republicans” and pro-Marriage Equality “Prominent Republicans” – can you guess what it is?

P.S. Surely President Obama wouldn’t want to find himself to starboard of so many PROMINENT Republicans, right?

(h/t Teddy)

February 26th, 2013 at 08:23pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Teh Gay,Wankers

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

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

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

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

A Partial List Of Things That “Pro-Life” Conservatives Support

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…Based on the right’s passionate and indignant opposition to any and all policies that would curtail them:

  • Deaths from gun violence.
  • Deaths from war.
  • Deaths from drone attacks.
  • Deaths from torture and mistreatment of military detainees.
  • Deaths by execution.
  • Deaths from tainted food and poorly tested drugs.
  • Deaths from accidents in mines, oil rigs, nuclear plants, or any other unsafe workplaces.
  • Deaths from polluted air and water.
  • Deaths from infrastructure collapses.
  • Deaths from lack of health care.
  • Deaths from poverty and starvation.
  • Deaths from natural disasters.
  • Deaths from abnormal pregnancies.
  • Extinction of endangered species.

The right’s definition of “life” as fetuses and corporations is as narrow and senseless as their definition of “civility” as the absence of swear words.

(Cross-posted at MyFDL)

1 comment December 19th, 2012 at 11:27am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Choice,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

A Mathematical Representation Of The Gun Debate

Day 1: No, it’s much to soon to talk about gun laws.

Day 2: No, still too soon.

Day 3: Nope, sorry.

Day n-1: Still too soon.

Day n: Shooting?  What shooting?  Why do we need to talk about gun laws all of a sudden?

December 14th, 2012 at 07:12pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Family Values

So, to sum up the family history of Sarah Palin, the darling of religious conservative “values voters”:

  • Son Track gets divorced after being married for 18 months.  Baby was born six months after wedding.
  • Track himself was born 8 months after Palin wedding.
  • Daughter Bristol has a baby out of wedlock, lives across the country from the father.

They sound like some kind of immoral godless liberal stereotype, to be honest.  But hey, as long as you keep saying all the right things, you can have sex with children and sheep for all the Republican base cares.

December 14th, 2012 at 07:29am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Palin,Religion,Republicans,Wankers

With Democrats Like These…

Thank God we got those crazy security state Republicans out of the White House, right?

…Right?

December 13th, 2012 at 07:23am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Cheney,Democrats,Obama,Terrorism,Wankers

It All Depends On What The Meaning Of “Center-Right” Is…

Great article by Bruce Bartlett in the American Conservative about how the GOP lost its mind and, consequently, elections.  But I think he misses a connection.

At one point, Bartlett says this about Obama (which I agree with 100%):

The final line for me to cross in complete alienation from the right was my recognition that Obama is not a leftist. In fact, he’s barely a liberal—and only because the political spectrum has moved so far to the right that moderate Republicans from the past are now considered hardcore leftists by right-wing standards today. Viewed in historical context, I see Obama as actually being on the center-right.

And then, later on, he also says this:

It is now widely understood that the nation may be center-left after all, not center-right as conservatives thought.

This is probably true too, but the point that I think Bartlett should have made more explicit is that the problem is not that Republicans misjudged where the American people are on the political spectrum, so much as where the political spectrum is in the first place.  Even if America is a center-right country as Republicans love to say, the center-right is where Obama and the Democrats are, not where the Republicans are.  Even by their own assessment of the electorate, their political positioning is terrible – and it only makes sense if you define “center-right” as somewhere to the right of Dick Cheney.

So the good news is that between the GOP’s extremism and America’s demographic trends (which Bartlett also talks about), the Republicans may be dooming themselves to irrelevance for a long time to come.  Of course, the bad news is that most Democrats might as well be Republicans too.

November 29th, 2012 at 07:17am Posted by Eli

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

Oh Yeah, Totally Not A Self-Important Flake At All

If you’re an “honorary consul general”, then you should absolutely be entitled to honorary “inviolability” and “diplomatic protection”.

I’m not sure why, but this Jill Kelley woman kinda reminds me of Michaele Salahi.  I expect her to start angling for a reality show gig next.

November 14th, 2012 at 07:04am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Wankers,Weirdness

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