October 31, 2010
October 29, 2010
Barring a huge upset, Republicans will take control of at least one house of Congress next week. How worried should we be by that prospect?
Not very, say some pundits. After all, the last time Republicans controlled Congress while a Democrat lived in the White House was the period from the beginning of 1995 to the end of 2000. And people remember that era as a good time, a time of rapid job creation and responsible budgets. Can we hope for a similar experience now?
No, we canâ€™t. This is going to be terrible. In fact, future historians will probably look back at the 2010 election as a catastrophe for America, one that condemned the nation to years of political chaos and economic weakness.
Um, could you remind me again which party has had control of the legislative branch of our federal government since the 2006 midterms? I guess there wasn't a whole lot of "political chaos" there, except for the fact that once they really got rolling, they had to pass their major wet-dream legislation through kickbacks and backroom deals, shady procedural maneuvers that nobody had ever heard of, and votes under the cover of darkness, but, hey, I guess shit that you kind of liked got done.
As for economic weakness under a Republican-dominated opposition to Obama's policies, well, you're the Nobel Prize-winning genius who has a column in the NYT and the rest of us don't have jobs, so I guess we'll just have to defer to your superior wisdom. In the mean time, we'll be out collecting bottles and cans.
Krugman goes on to lambaste the poopy-pants Republicans of the mid-90s for the whole government shutdown thing, which was, arguably, bad for both sides. However, he starts that argument with the following:
In the late-1990s, Republicans and Democrats were able to work together on some issues. President Obama seems to believe that the same thing can happen again today. In a recent interview with National Journal, he sounded a conciliatory note, saying that Democrats need to have an â€œappropriate sense of humility,â€ and that he would â€œspend more time building consensus.â€ Good luck with that.
Um, yeah. The problem lies with congressional Republicans, not President Slurpee Joke. The problem has nothing to do with "I won." The problem has nothing to do with a guy who has no compunction whatsoever about going to an ethnic media outlet and uttering the words "punish your enemies." That's a real consensus-builder right there.
Krugman goes on to talk about how fucking outrageous (my spin on how I think he views it) Mitch McConnell's focus on making sure that Obama is a one-term president (HORRORS! No political party has ever worked to this end!) and then writes one of the goddamn stupidest fucking things ever printed in the history of recent punditry:
True, Mr. McConnell did say that he might be willing to work with Mr. Obama in certain circumstances â€” namely, if heâ€™s willing to do a â€œClintonian back flip,â€ taking positions that would find more support among Republicans than in his own party. Of course, this would actually hurt Mr. Obamaâ€™s chances of re-election â€” but thatâ€™s the point.
As someone recently said to Obama himself: "Dude." The reason anyone other than Krugman, who's seemingly giving himself a visual prostate exam here, would mention a "Clintonian back flip" is that it fucking worked for Clinton. In fact, if McConnell actually suggested it, he's kind of fucking up on that whole "one-term" thing.
Bill Clinton ran as a moderate and then tried to ram a Big Government, leftist agenda down America's throat, and subsequently faced a massive backlash. What did he do? He moved toward the center, and got re-elected. Hey, fancy that.
Barry and Krugman both have Nobels. I once got four gold stars on a crayon drawing of a horsey, and my mom put it up on the fridge. I leave it up to you to determine which is the greater honor.
October 28, 2010
The Democratic National Committee has asked the Pentagon to provide records of correspondence between the Army and nine potential challengers to President Obama in 2012, Fox News has confirmed, giving a unique glimpse of part of what appears to be the Democrats' opposition research strategy.
ABC News first reported an internal Army e-mail that indicates the DNC filed Freedom of Information Act requests for "any and all records of communication" between military agencies and Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Haley Barbour, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, John Thune, Mitch Daniels and Bobby Jindal, all of whom are considering campaigning for the White House.
Does anyone have any theories about why they're doing this? I mean, they must have some kind of angle, or they wouldn't bother, but I just don't get it.
October 27, 2010
They don't say you need to be a New English blogger, but I bet that would help. They're kinda parochial around those pahts.
Not sure if anybody here is interested but there it is. You send them your best political post (not poat, I'll explain later) and they'll do stuff after that and then you win a temporary job they claim is worth $5k, you'll have to pay taxes on it.
Why no poats?
Entries must not contain any indecency, profanity, or obscenity as determined by Station in its sole discretion....
eddiebear should probably just root for someone else too.
Via Jay G at Marooned.
Don't tell him I told you. He's trying to win and he's at least as well armed as I am and maybe even a little better armed.
Eh, I have high-cap mags, I'll get him while he's reloading.
October 26, 2010
What happens when you don't pay taxes or fines?
You go to jail.
The ultimate cost of noncompliance with any government edict is eventual imprisonment. If you don't pay your parking tickets, you'll eventually be behind bars. Why would Obamacare be different?
Pelosiâ€™s already entered some sort of Queeg-ian fugue state of denial.
A progressive infusion in US politics, the Coffee Party is brewing a strong counter-movement to the ultra-conservative Tea Party, just a week ahead of the US legislative elections.
Born in January in reaction to the bashing President Barack Obama's proposed health care reform was getting in Congress and the media, the Coffee Party first took shape on Facebook.
I'm not going to even bother to quote any more of the article, which mainly quotes leftist activist Annabel Park talking about how many Facebook friends she has.
They have beaten us up, mocked us, lied to us, slandered us, humiliated us, ruined our future, and sneered condescendingly to us that they know better, and that we should just shut the fuck up and take it prison style and ask for more.
Well, I for one refuse to play their goatse game. I refuse to let them do what they have done to us and to our future. I refuse to sit the fuck back and fucking take it. I refuse to let them tell me that it's a good thing for my daughter to endure a worse life than I ever had. I refuse to let them tell me that rationing care and doing with less is a groovy fucking idea. And I really, really, really, really fucking refuse to let this country's light and flame of hope be dimmed into an eco bulb of failure and desperation.
Besides, in my sick, depraved heart, I fucking want to see them wailing and moaning. I fucking want to see them shocked and appalled that the fucking people stood up and told them to get rotofucked with a sewer snake. And I just like electorally curbstomping them. The American people have been fucked over by the left and their RINO enablers. Now, on November 2, we fuck back. We fuck them. We make them our bitches. And we discard them like a dirty fuckrag.
So get lubed up, lefties. Get lubed up to have a new orifice created from what the freedomcock of victory will do to you.
October 25, 2010
So I spent the late afternoon and early evening making calls for Patrick Murray.
I know the sample is small, but I'm not very optimistic.
I'm not sure how many calls I made, but the vast majority who responded said they were voting for Moran (or "straight Dem").
It seemed to me that most of the ones who refused to say who they were voting for (but did hang around for both questions) were kinda hostile.
Which made me think they were voting for Moran, because I got the same vibe off most of the people who said they were voting for Moran.
I figured the ones who refused to say who they voted for (but hung around for the questions) didn't want me to try to change their minds, so that's why they didn't say "Moran". I wasn't going to try to change their minds, but they didn't know that.
It's not as if I'm surprised but I'm a little disappointed.
I'm an optimist by nature, it's just life that's made me a pessimist.
My first call I screwed up. My second was no better, but the third. Ahhhh, that lovely third call.
"I'm not voting for Moron".
Made my night it did. Too bad any more were few and far between.
No, I don't know how that symbol thing got in this post.
I'm not discussing if there is a higher ed bubble*, I'm just talking about this the pic at the link.
Written on the pic is:
"Four years for a BS with honors
6 years for a Ph.D
Now, I work 70 hours a week for $30K
It just wasn't worth it. I want my 20s back"
If you're working 70 hours for $30k I'm gonna guess neither your BS nor your master's nor your Ph.D required any math and since you don't say J.D, you're not being abused by a law firm.
But that's not the point.
The point is the "I want my 20s back."
You partied your ass off for your 20s on your parent's dime and loans.
You didn't want to go out into the "real world" so you kept going for your Ph.D in 12th century French poetry or Linguistics of the Patriarchy and now have to work your butt off teaching English at a community college or something.
In other words, you partied your ass off and got some useless degrees and now you're mad?
Color me totally uncaring.
*I would suggest there is one for high-dollar schools.
I went to state schools when I went back so my student loan payments are around $130/month.
And that only because I didn't feel like working full time+ the last two years, I had no loans for the first two years, no sleep, but no loans.
I tutored for pocket money and let loans pay my $350/month rent and pot of stew every week for the last two years in Fucking Utica.
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