December 14, 2009

A hypothetical situation

Let's say you're the president of a certain country that's hit a bit of a financial snag as of late. Tomorrow, you've got a meeting with the leaders of some of the certain country's biggest financial institutions during which you will discuss how to improve the economy. The night before, during a nationally televised interview, do you...

A.) Talk about how you're eager to hear what ideas the bankers have on how to get that certain country moving in the right direction again.

OR

B.) Call them names and blame them for the whole thing.

The answer might surprise you. (If you have no idea who I'm talking about and/or are an utter ar-tard, that is.)

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December 13, 2009

Who Knew That Being President Was A Tough Job?

Now that President Hopeandchange is tanking, his shills are (once again) trying to change the focus and blame anything up to and including the United States Constitution, gravity and the Van Allen Belt for his failures.

Hey 52%ers. I have some words for you.
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December 11, 2009

Further proof that John Edwards is a douche

Either that or the whole Rielle Hunter thing was an elaborate ploy to hide his nancypants ways.

Is it pathetic that I trust the National Enquirer more than I trust MSNBC?

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December 10, 2009

An Idea So Stupid And Foolish, Only The NY Times Could Come Up With It

Yeah, this is sheer genius. No way this will ever get mocked.

And, to think, this is the "Newspaper of Record."

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December 09, 2009

Good Thing The Stimulus Money Went To Shovel Ready Jobs

Yeah, I know. Obama claims he saved or created a bazillion and eleventy jobs with the Porkulus. And he thinks it was so awesome that Round 2 or 3 (I forget which) would be just the fix to the jobs problem.

If so, expect a lot of Democratic Pollsters to have their jobs saved or created just in time to tell their paymasters they are gonna get the goatse fuck treatment a year from now.

Nearly $6 million in stimulus money was paid to two firms run by Mark Penn (photo above), Hillary Clinton’s pollster in 2008.

Federal records show that $5.97 million from the $787 billion stimulus helped preserve three jobs at Burson-Marsteller, the global public-relations and communications firm headed by Penn.

Burson-Marsteller won the contract to work on a public-relations campaign to advertise the national switch from analog to digital television. Nearly $2.8 million of the contract was issued to Penn’s polling firm, Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates, according to federal records.

In a way, I wonder if some of the Democrat politicians careening into oblivion are/were promised jobs at firms that will get this sort of payment.

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So, they want to die on this hill?

The GOP may be the "Stupid Party," but I don't recall its members defending a Senate Majority Leader who was this unpopular. Especially when he's making such dumbass claims.

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December 07, 2009

Bwahahahahahahaha!

I'm just imagining Sarah Palin with a magic shield around her, deflecting whatever crap people throw her way.  Literally.

A man was arrested for allegedly throwing two tomatoes at Sarah Palin from the second floor balcony during a book signing event at the Mall of America in Minnesota, MyFoxTwinCities.com. reported. 

Neither tomato came close hitting the former 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, but did hit a police officer in the face, the station reported.

Via Riehl.

I suppose I should clarify, I'm not laughing at a cop getting hit in the face.  I'm laughing at the holy hell that's going to break loose when they arrest this guy.

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Fuck You, Harry Reid!

If trying to push "Healthcare" and Crap & Trade bills through that would elevate the US to the vaunted shittiness and stasis of Europe, Dingy Harry has decided to take the high road on debate.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took his GOP-blasting rhetoric to a new level Monday, comparing Republicans who oppose health care reform to lawmakers who clung to the institution of slavery more than a century ago.

The Nevada Democrat, in a sweeping set of accusations on the Senate floor, also compared health care foes to those who opposed women's suffrage and the civil rights movement. 

"Instead of joining us on the right side of history, all the Republicans can come up with is, 'slow down, stop everything, let's start over.' If you think you've heard these same excuses before, you're right," Reid said. "When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said 'slow down, it's too early, things aren't bad enough.'" 

He continued: "When women spoke up for the right to speak up, they wanted to vote, some insisted they simply, slow down, there will be a better day to do that, today isn't quite right. 

"When this body was on the verge of guaranteeing equal civil rights to everyone regardless of the color of their skin, some senators resorted to the same filibuster threats that we hear today." 

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What pisses me off about the warmenistas, a non-exclusive list

First, I am freaking freezing so anyone who promised me Global Warmening is a freaking liar.  I'm looking at you, Gore.

Second, what has always, always pissed me off about the fight about anthropogenic global warming is how it completely shifts the focus away from actual, real problems.  I mean it.  I do believe in conservation.  To paraphrase PJ O'Rourke, sure, a clean environment is a luxury good but aren't luxury goods what make life worth living?  The fight about whether or not an Escalade kills polar bears shifts attention away from issues such as whether or not mountains in West Virginia should be mined down in order to reach the mercury to make the batteries for Priuses (Prii?  Smugmobiles?)  Hell, fighting over whether or not to mandate using CFLs for THE POLAR BEAR CHILDREN kind of glides right past the issue as to whether or not CFLs are actually worse, what with the whole potentially toxic exposure to mercury when one breaks.

What about China and India and other developing countries?  Should people in those lands be forced to live in early Industrial Age squallor or are there alternatives?  What is the tradeoff between alternate energy sources and the view from the Kennedy Compound?  What about endangered species?  What happens when there is actual dumping of toxic substances?  Who pays?  What's the successor liability?  How much am I, as the consumer, willing to pay in order to reduce pollution?  Why the hell isn't our power coming from nuclear plants such as is done in France?  Does recylcing actually work?  If so, for what goods?  What do we do about disposing of our waste? 

All of these are serious questions that deserve serious discussion.  And yet, all of that is getting shoved aside because omg you must believe that humans are hurting Gaia or you, sir, are worse that Hitler.  It pisses me off to no end.  Hell, if I were a more conspiracy minded sort, I would say that this is exactly the type of situation that Big Business would want.  After all, if global warming gets debunked, who is going to listen to complaints about benzene disposal affecting water tables? 

One can be unpersuaded by the theory that mankind's actions are the major cause of the current warming period and still be a conservationist.  That's getting lost in all of the screeching. 

No, I do not want to cease using all fossil fuels tomorrow.  But, yes, I do want to look into alternatives.  I do care about habitat destruction.  I live in a former coal mining area and I know first hand the problems with mine collapses and water table contamination.  Hell, I've done some professional work on liability for gas leaks from underground storage tanks resulting in contamination of drinking water for a whole area.  These problems are real and need work.  But when the options are the destruction of the modern way of life or ignoring those altogether, well, I'm going with ignoring.  And the options being reduced to those truly ticks me off.

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December 06, 2009

So very subtle I can't even believe it

So I'm watching football and there was an ad for Law & Order SVU (which I will forever and always read as SUV).  Wow.  I haven't wanted to throw something through my tv so badly in ages.

The episode is apparently going to be about some talk show host who has "brainwashed" some idiot into killing a guy.  I couldn't quite tell when the host was on the stand if it was supposed to be Rush Beck or Glenn Limbaugh.  Just the 30 seconds or so that I saw made me roll my eyes so hard I thought they were going to roll out of my head.

Fuck.  You.  NBC.  I know it's not news that one of the main people in charge of the L&O franchise is an enormous lib who has openly stated that he wants to use the show to push an agenda.  What offends me is how boring and obvious and banal it all is.  Law & Order, any and all of them, is now a huge joke.  Who did it?  The white male Republican Christian businessman.  Every.  Freaking.  Time.  Seriously, it's insultingly stupid and takes all the drama out of the show.  It's like watching CSI Miami in breathless anticipation to see if this will be the episode where Caruso takes his sunglasses off dramatically. 

Fuck you NBC.  Fuck you L&O.  You hate me?  Fine.  I'll just not watch.  See, you need me way way way way more than I need you.  Oh and NBC?  How are those financials doing?  Hmmmmm?  Maybe, I'm tossing this out there as an idea, pissing off 35% or so of your target audience isn't the best idea ever.

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December 04, 2009

What's The Difference Between Max Baucus And John Ensign?

Both are US Senators. Both are shitheads who had affairs. But one of them nominated his mistress to a spot as a U.S. Attorney, and one didn't. Since this story isn't ZOMG!1!1!!!SEX SCANDAL!1!1!STOP THE PRESSES!1!1! You can guess which one is guilty.

Yup. And the best part? Baucus is the chairman of the committee that is trying to fuck us over with Obamacare. Funny how this happens.

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Greenpeace, Copenhagen, and Nobel Prizes.

I wonder if the author of this gem on CNN realized the implication that he draws between Greenpeace's criticism and Obama's decision to go to the end of the climate summit instead of the beginning, but, the way this is worded, it kind of makes it look like the Big O's plans changed in deference to a eco-terrorist organization. 

In a change of plans, President Barack Obama will attend the end of an upcoming climate change summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, the White House said Friday.

"Based on his conversations with other leaders and the progress that has already been made to give momentum to negotiations, the president believes that continued U.S. leadership can be most productive through his participation at the end of the Copenhagen conference on December 18 rather than on December 9," said a statement from Obama's press secretary, Robert Gibbs.

"There are still outstanding issues that must be negotiated for an agreement to be reached, but this decision reflects the president's commitment to doing all that he can to pursue a positive outcome," the statement said.

Obama's initial plan to attend only the beginning of the conference was criticized by some, including the environmental activist group Greenpeace, which said it is more important that he be there at the end of the week.

 

"President Obama needs to be there at the same time as all the other world leaders –December 18," said Mike Townsley, a spokesman for Greenpeace. "This is when he is needed to get the right agreement."

The statement from Gibbs said the United States will have representation in Copenhagen from State Department and Cabinet officials throughout the negotiating process.

Obama has said he would be in Oslo, Norway, to accept his Nobel Peace Prize on December 10.

Who planned Copenhagen to conflict with Obama's Peace Prize?  Didn't they clear it through the White House, first?

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Bob "Hey, My Dad Was Governor!" Casey knows who his constituents are

He's blowing the whistle on the Obamacare's proposed cuts to Medicare,

Should Congress scale back the program, “We’re not going to be able to say ‘if you like what you have, you can keep it,’” said Senator Bob Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat. “And that basic commitment that a lot of us around here have made will be called into question.”


Casey knows that if they pass something that lays a finger on Medicare, he is going to be destroyed when he faces his next election.  PA has one of the oldest populations in the US, we're usually ranked second or third, Florida is obviously the oldest.  Senior benefits are definitely a third rail issue in PA, you try and do anything with something like Social Security or Medicare, you will be demagogued, and destroyed at the ballot box. 

I'll be curious to see what Casey does, part of me thinks he's probably too spineless to stand up to the Democrat leadership and vote down Obamacare, on the flipside he knows that this Senate gig is the end of the line for his political career, and part of me thinks he's too spineless to destroy that career.  At this stage he's probably hoping someone else with a D after their name will step up and shut this down.

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December 03, 2009

WTF good are socks going to do?

Way to neuter training for the zombie apocalypse, CU.  I hope Molly Bosley gets eaten first.

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Let them invade Richmond first


What kind of freaking HOA tells a war veteran he can't put up a flagpole in his yard?

In a five-paragraph letter to Barfoot that he received yesterday, Barfoot is being ordered to remove a flagpole from his yard. The decorated veteran of three wars, now 90 years old, raises the American flag every morning on the pole, then lowers and folds the flag at dusk each day in a three-corner military fashion.

In a priority mail letter, the Coates & Davenport law firm in Richmond is ordering Barfoot to remove the pole by 5 p.m. Friday or face "legal action being brought to enforce the Covenants and Restrictions against you." The letter states that Barfoot will be subject to paying all legal fees and costs in any successful legal proceeding pursued by the homeowner association's board.

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Barfoot lives in the Sussex Square community in far western Henrico; its board of directors rejected a plea from Barfoot in July to approve the pole, disallowing the fixture on aesthetic grounds.

Thomas Coates better be senile and out of his mind for letting this craziness have his name attached to it.

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Populist Revolt, Establishment Abdication?

Democrat and Tennessee Representative John Tanner took one look at the gospel singing farmer named Stephen Fincher who lives in Frog Jump (Yes, Really!) Tennessee and decided he wanted none of that, he's not gonna seek another term.  From what I see in google maps, Frog Jump is about two hours northeast of Memphis, out in the middle of nowhere, probably a nice quiet farm town. 

I'm thinking a good number of Democrats are gonna retire by the time 2010 rolls through.  The GOP has an opportunity to recover some of what they squandered.  They better not fuck it up either, they're getting a lot of people willing to run and volunteer, and a number of them are gonna be real kickass candidates.

Last quarter Tanner, career politician who's been in Congress since '89 raised $62K last quarter...Fincher, the gospel singing farmer who has never run for office before?  $300K.  Ouch.

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December 02, 2009

Joanna Krups is a practicing Catholic

I dare someone to do this with the crescent and star.  Oh, wait, you'd be dead then. 

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Um, how about none?

Andrew Sullivan (no link), who was a supporter of the missions in both Afghanistan and Iraq before the previous president announced a stance on gay marriage that was, um, more or less the same position that Barack Obama has publicly stated, goes further down the rabbit hole that is insanity:

The way our politics of fear is now constructed, there is no limit to the costs involved in nation-building in every conceivable failed state that could be a safe harbor for Jihadists. We cannot have the adult conversation about how much terrorist damage the US should tolerate compared with the costs of trying to control this phenomenon at its source. We are not mature enough as a country to have that conversation. And Obama has decided it isn't worth confronting that question now.
Um, if that "damage" happened to include someone you know, like, say, the guy you married, how would you feel then? Would you still call the policy of killing Al-Qaeda and Taliban forces "our politics of fear" then? This country (which you ought to be booted from, by the way) shouldn't "tolerate" any fucking "terrorist damage," you fucking demented, drug-addled criminal alien shitheel. You got married to someone who's apparently willing to put up with your insanity and walk your beagles a while back. If he was part of that "damage," would you say something like that?

By the way, you're more than lucky to be here. If there was any justice in this world, the authorities would punt your irresponsible milky-load-taking ass (literally) back to England, but they probably don't want you. I ain't exactly a fan of Mexican illegal immigrants, but at least the people who come here from there fill useful jobs. Last I saw, dishwashers and gardeners serve a much more utilitarian purpose than pasty, bald, drug-addled, vagina-obsessed "pundits" like you.

Go to hell. If hell will take you, that is.

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December 01, 2009

Reich Wing Hate Speech?

YOU CAN HAS.
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