Saturday, August 15, 2009
Scott Rasmussen reports that, with only 35% of voters saying passage of the current Health Care Reform bill would be better than any such legislation this year, 54% say no.He's trustworthy because, as we all know, there is a "current Health Care Reform bill." (Or there are three of them, none of them "current" in the sense of haing been voted on or anything.) But you know it exists: "Jude" has it right there in CAPS.
Voters who earn less than $20,000 a year are evenly divided but a majority of all other voters would prefer no action. Middle income voters, those who earn from $40,000 to $75,000 a year, are most strongly in favor of taking no action."
[V]oters seem to have learned from the "stimulus" and other failing or unintentionally destructive legislation, that no matter how bad things are, congress is very good at finding ways to make them worseit has therefore been proven (scientifically, yet) that "congress" sucks. And of course angels exist, because a majority of Americans believe it so.
[L]ots of familiar faces are gathered this weekend at the Right Online conference in Pittsburgh. Among these stars, none shine more brightly (and that is not merely a bald joke) than Ed Morrissey, who gave, as Allahpundit described, seven solid minutes on property rights and prosperity in the age of Hopenchange.The usual suspects have gathered in Pittsburgh this wknd.? Are they all there to "piss off" the Great Orange Satan's Annual Invocation & Ritual Dance to SoroStalin/Nutroots★Nation bash, which is occuring in Pittsburgh through tomorrow as well? Having seen no reports of violence or angry confrontations in the City of Three Rivers, we can only assume that the right, dogs that they are, have quite a bark in cyberspace, but no meatspace bite. We'd pay good money for a Pay-Per-View presentation of mostly under-50 progs vs. the usual fat, balding & graying 50+ collection of basement-dwelling wing-nut welfare recipients. It would take a hell of a lot of rain to clean the streets of the blood of the wretched.
But even if you weren’t aware of all that, it would be hard to mistake the hostile town hall encounters for a serious barometer of voter sentiment. Sure, some talk-radio types are insisting they are. Lawmakers know better, however. After all, if these folks really spoke for the country, Democrats wouldn’t control Congress, and Obama would never have been elected.Op-ed from boston.com. or The Boston Globe or someplace.
But here's the twist: The folks at the local clinic where I found McDonald in the dentist chair -- known as "Community Health Partners" -- are actually quite comfortable with the federal government. That's because it turns out that taxpayers pick up 50 percent of the clinic's $4 million annual budget. "We're able to provide health care to someone who walks through the door regardless of their ability to pay," Dr. Mark Schulein, who runs the clinic, told me. People like Sonja McDonald, who wants more of these clinics around the country -- even when I told her the federal government that she dislikes so much picks up much of the tab. "The government being involved is fine," McDonald said. "It's just that when they try and overstep, when they try to say, 'No, this is what needs to be done.'" This reminds me of when you hear about folks at Congressional town hall meetings saying they don't want changes to Medicare and they want to make sure the federal government stays out of the way -- even though the feds run the program now and have for decades.After they've strapped on a ewe ("Whut? Yuh callin' me uh queer? This hyar ain't no ram!") or two, do these people get a mad sheep disease that crawls throughout their nervous systems & eventually affects their brains? It's very difficult for us to believe that people are really so ignorant & oblivious. (You know, due to our high opinion of the species.)
Friday, August 14, 2009
"It's more likely that the man who was burned last week was set on fire," he wrote to me in May, the prose all the more powerful for its understatement. "Also, the coroner moved up the autopsy of the wheelchair-bound man who died -- which was likely a murder. Doing my rounds on Friday I ran across four other homeless people who had been beaten -- looking like a youth street gang."Fuck you people w/ houses, jobs, & all that other crap that turns you into Nazis. (Not that you weren't more than ready to go in that direction from the beginning, murdering scum.) Every one of you are as guilty as the Germans who didn't do anything to stop the Nazis. The blood is on your hands. Go ahead, wash like an obsessive. It will never come off.
William Brandt Jr., a corporate turnaround expert not involved in the case, said enough time has passed so that creditors and the debtor want to cut losses and save face. He said an honorable exit is especially important to Zell, who might need investment banking help for future deals.And what kind of investment banker would invest the price of a shoe-shine w/ an imbecile? We'd have to assume it could only be another imbecile.
"This was a textbook case of a leverage buyout gone bad," said Brandt, president of Development Specialists Inc. "These were imbeciles who had no idea what they were doing."
Does it represent something new in the long history of stupidity? Or is it merely the latest manifestation of a time-honored component of the political process -- the cries for help of one of America's most important minority groups: idiots?So do we. Can you blame us? One of the Jewish feller's commenters begs to differ: Americans aren't stupid, he types, just gullible. Hah! What's the fucking difference? Get a brain, moran! You've proved his point.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Though Beck acknowledged most of the Obama administration is in fact white, he concluded that the President’s world experience made him a “racist.” Now “Color of Change” has bullied at least five of Beck’s big advertisers -- SC Johnson, Progressive Insurance, Geico, Procter & Gamble and Nexus Lexis -- to pull their ads from Beck’s national cable program. Jones, the founder of “Color of Change,” was named Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality -- a key administrative post -- this past March.Say, that Glenn Beck may just be right. He certainly should know a lot about racism.
Beck turned to his colleagues and said quite certainly, "[Barack Obama] has exposed himself as a guy ... who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture." He then added, "This guy is ... a racist." [...] Let's pretend President Obama's mother wasn't white. Let's pretend he wasn't raised by his white grandparents, and let's pretend he didn't only months ago sit diligently by his white grandmother's deathbed. Let's pretend he didn't outfit his cabinet with a whole host of white people. And let's pretend that "white culture" actually means something (as opposed to "Irish culture" or "Polish culture"). Beck's condemnation of the president as a bigot who "hates" white people rings hollow considering the company he’s kept for about a decade now.Oh, mere & unsurprising hypocrisy. Why do we even bring it up at this stage in the game?
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
[T]he thuggishness of masses of Americans who not only are venting about insane nonsense, not only are undermining their own interests acting as marionettes of laughing corporate predators, and not only are taking down democracy around themselves in order to do so, but are in fact also destroying the entire Enlightenment project of rationality-based management of public affairs as well. The single most frightening characteristic of this movement, to my mind, is that fact that no amount of evidence or logic could persuade these folks to abandon the lies they've attached themselves to ...Not that we disagree w/ any of his points, but if there are a total of a two million of these professional ignoramuses on every whack job email list in the country we'll eat one of those moldy ball caps we're always wearing. We suspect that serious, dedicated 'Baggers are out there bagging, & their numbers won't increase much. Fingers crossed, of course. Sure, we'd love to see some of them go ape shit, to thrill us out of jadedness for thirty seconds & for the political disadvantage to supporters of the status quo, but our dreams are seldom fulfilled.
"I think it is very hard because [Democrats] don't have the message machine the Republicans do," said George Lakoff, a UC Berkeley linguistics professor who has advised some Democrats on how to sharpen their message. "The Democrats still believe in Enlightenment reason: If you just tell people the truth, they will come to the right conclusion."At this point we get very confused: Have we already entered the age of post-pseudo-post-modernism, or were we side-tracked into the Bizarro World of pseudo-post-post-modernism? And what was wrong w/ modernism anyway?
New York, NY -- The longest running soap in history will tape its last episode Tuesday, August 12th. After 72 years on the air, the Guiding Light tapes its final episode ... number 15,762, to be exact. CBS' Karen Brown sat down with the stars of the show, who are having a hard time saying goodbye. Kim Zimmer, also known as "Reva" on the show, jokingly says she'll miss the men the most. Zimmer was on the show for nearly three decades. The final episode will air on September 21. It will be replaced by "Let's Make A Deal" hosted by Wayne Brady. Source: CBSCBS, back to the future! Next season, "Truth Or Consequences" returns.72 yrs., radio & telebision. That's longer than we've been around, which is itself a seeming eternity.
12 August: America's Ever-Expanding Empire Expands; Silver Beetles Dump Drummer, IBM Introduces "5150."
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Mona Lisa Masterpiece Attacked In Paris
Paris, France -- The Louvre Museum says a Russian visitor hurled an empty terra cotta mug at the Mona Lisa.From A. Press
A museum spokesman says the canvas of the Da Vinci masterpiece was undamaged in the attack last week, though the mug shattered.
He said Tuesday small cracks appeared in the glass protecting the museum's most popular possession, but they will soon be fixed.
The painting's security alarms went off immediately and police whisked the woman away, while viewing of the painting continued as usual. The spokesman is not authorized to be named according to museum policy.
Paris police said the woman was taken to a psychiatric ward after the incident, but wouldn't say any more about who she is or why she targeted the painting.
The president has a problem. For, despite a great election victory, Mr. Obama, it becomes ever clearer, knows little about Americans. He knows the crowds—he is at home with those. He is a stranger to the country’s heart and character.And why would that be? WSJ typist Dorothy Rabinowitz's understanding of "the country's heart and character."
He seems unable to grasp what runs counter to its nature. That Americans don’t take well, for instance, to bullying, especially of the moralizing kind, implicit in those speeches on health care for everybody. Neither do they wish to be taken where they don’t know they want to go and being told it’s good for them.Were the American character a little more mature, Americans wouldn't need to be taken where they don't want to go, even if it is good for them. According to Ms. Rabinowitz, the national character is that of a wilful six-yr. old child. The little brat doesn't care if vaccinations are good for him, & he doesn't want you telling him that, because it will hurt!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Currently, Israeli propaganda experts are feeding a flurry of derogatory, bogus ”intelligence” on Obama to neocon media outlets in the United States.We'd be more comfortable w/ the WMR if "neo-con" wasn't used as code for "Jew." Actual neo-con media outlets would include Commentary, The Weekly Standard, & just a few others, none of them exactly of general circulation or known as hotbeds of birth certificate conjecture. Next: THE PASSPORT CONSPIRACY. This one is almost plausible,
In addition to his American passport, Obama may have traveled in the past, while working for Business International Corporation and other U.S. intelligence-connected entities, on a British or Indonesian passport, or both. In addition to Mossad, Britain’s MI-6 is said to be aware of Obama’s past non-official cover work for the CIA and his past possession of a British passport. This information was reportedly shared with the Hillary Clinton campaign, including former President Bill Clinton, by senior British government officials.though we wonder if it wouldn't be a plus to the right-wing? Noble CIA agent & all that. What would his using different passports if he'd been "spying" for the CIA indicate as far as being a "foreign born traitor" whose
early work for the CIA front favorably exposed him to the notion that the overthrow of governments is in the best interests of the United States. Obama’s reaction to the recent military right-wing coup against President Manuel Zelaya in Honduras suggests possible influence on him at a young age to such imperialistic American policies. Obama also does not appear to be bothered by the actions of U.S.-supported dictators who act in the very same manner as Suharto during Obama’s childhood in Jakarta.Are we about to see a sudden shift, as the right embraces Obama for his hitherto unrevealed good fascist CIA links, & the left turns on him as a (bad, non-liberal) fascist? Speaking of Fasci-Care®, we'd like to see an imposition of forced healthcare on these fucks who need serious calming down. No pill to impose intelligence & rationality has yet to be developed, alas, & probably won't be until brains become as exciting as boners to the unwashed masses.
JOYCE ROSENWALD writes: I went on the Internet and searched for everything I could find on the social and political climate in countries immediately before revolution. We appear to be there.Now, Sara Robinson onGovernment debt and attempts to disarm citizens are the leading causes.As governments coffers go dry, taxes are raised. As taxes are raised, citizens make it known to those that govern that they are not happy. When government begins to fear the wrath of the people they begin to fear for their own lives. Government believes they have no choice but to disarm the people for their own protection and survival. History has proven that this situation always causes revolution.I don’t know of any remedy for this. We are writing and calling and faxing our leaders to tell them of our discontent. We are having Tea Parties all over the country. We are still being ignored. None of the issues of the people are being addressed by government. Their answer is to do a study on Americans and decide anyone who does not agree with government policies is a terrorist and a danger to government. Actually, it’s the other way around. Renegade government that treats citizens as if they were owned and can be compelled to do everything government mandates is an insult to people who have been educated to believe they live in a free country with government instituted by the people to serve them.The attempt to disarm the people will fail. It is the most irresponsible action government can attempt. If government is so ignorant as to avoid what history has taught, they are doomed to repeat it. Americans will never surrender the one mechanism they have to remain free. They will fight to the death to stay armed. It’s nothing short of folly for this government to think Americans will be willing to surrender their guns because a treaty with a foreign power was signed, or the majority of politicians are personally against firearm ownership and therefore Americans must be disarmed. Consider this as notice. We don’t care what Washington D.C. says. We don’t care what the courts say. We don’t care what the U.N. wants. We will replace government before we surrender our guns. Mr.and Mrs. Politician, read the Original Organic Constitution for the United States of America. The one that stood for the Republic, not the one you use that stands for your converted corrupt Democracy. The Republic belongs to the people. We will not lose freedom through edicts under your emergency rule. You can have your created democracy. You can function under your own fraud. Just don’t expect us to obey. We have been good and honorable citizens and continued to serve the Republic even as you were dismantling it. The Organic Constitution may be ignored by you, but to us, the people, it is alive and intact. We will not accept corruption of the Bill of Rights. If you attempt to make them null and void under color of law you do so at your own peril. The people have spoken and we are resolute. There is no compromise. The people have been lied to, abused, made bankrupt, all their property and labor taken for use by you, an irresponsible criminal government. We are no longer stupid. We now know the truth of what has been done. Knowing this we have not come for you. We are telling you now…… End the corruption. Rescind Emergency Rule. Give the Republic back to the people. We are involved in an imperfect war declared by you against us. A declaration of war by government against its own citizens is TREASON! Any attempt to disarm us will signal us to make your imperfect war against us perfect. The people have drawn their line in the sand. You have been placed on notice. Ignore this at your own peril. (Thanks to Marine Alex Fitch for sending us Joyce's writing)
Fascist America: Are We There Yet?And please, while comparing & contrasting, do not let extraneous factors like the ability to write (esp. sentences that are more than simple & declarative, & paragraphs that are more than three sentences) coherently or to reason interfere w/ your judgement. The wingnuts need a bit of what they think affirmative action is.
“Julie and Julia” is rated PG-13. It has mild profanity, and the indulgence — in exquisite moderation — of a few choice vices.By "a few choice vices" the film crit must mean smoking. Which wasn't terribly moderate in the Julia portions. Rest of the review we can agree w/.
But “Funny People” is a Judd Apatow movie — endless penis jokes and all. It’s just a more grown-up one, in which doing the right thing comes harder, and bad choices aren’t easily unwound. The way it’s been received suggests that his fan base isn’t ready to hear this kind of story yet. But it’s also reminder that Americans of all ages tend to like their social conservatism much more in theory than in practice.That's right, Ross, so why don't you just put a sock in it & go away. Far away.
More than most Westerners, Americans believe — deeply, madly, truly — in the sanctity of marriage. But we also have some of the most liberal divorce laws in the developed world, and one of the highest divorce rates.Yes, we're filthy, stupid hypocrites, & frankly, nothing we say can be trusted.
Still a virgin in middle age? Not to worry — you’ll find a caring, foxy woman who’s been waiting her whole life for an awkward, idealistic guy like you. Pregnant from a drunken one-night stand? Good news — the oaf who knocked you up will turn out to be a decent guy, and you’ll be able to keep the baby and your career as a rising entertainment-news anchorwoman. Frittering away your life on porn and pot? Fear not — your wasted twenties won’t stop you from being a great dad.Oh. Well, that's a relief. Thanks, Mr. Douthat.
Ross Douthat's column on Judd Apatow's "Funny People" is very good, for two reasons. The first is that it's simply a good column, and one of the first Ross has written that really plays to his strengths as a cultural critic and a translator of a certain socially conservative ethic.What the fucking hell? What did Klein read? Is this another demonstration of inside the beltway/Villager assmunches & their non-stop circle-jerk? Even if this piece of shit does "play to" Douthat's "strengths" as a "translator of a certain socially conservative ethic," that ethic is so bankrupt Klein might as well be praising someone for finally figuring out how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. Until Douthat acknowledges The Enlightenment as a good thing, we may all be better off just ignoring him. This does make us wonder if Mr. "Thunder32" in the comments (Hither & yon, thanks for the plug!!) isn't absolutely correct. It's as if The NYT & WaPoo are begging not to be taken seriously. (It's working, too.)
shows a deep seeded [sic] hatred that isn't entirely based on the truth. It is the same attitude that fuels the more radical conservatives.If that's true, we probably should read it.