Saturday, March 27, 2010

That's Rich (It Sure Ain't Us)

Frank Rich re-caps the wk. in outrage & resentment. We skip the interminable list of events & links thereto (May be useful to slobs w/ jobs —& lives— who can't keep up w/ events; doesn't mean shit to us, the gainfully unemployed.) & steal the best parts. Here goes:
No less curious is how disproportionate this red-hot anger is to its proximate cause [...] But the bill does not erect a huge New Deal-Great Society-style government program. In lieu of a public option, it delivers 32 million newly insured Americans to private insurers. As no less a conservative authority than The Wall Street Journal editorial page observed last week, the bill’s prototype is the health care legislation Mitt Romney signed into law in Massachusetts. It contains what used to be considered Republican ideas.
A-hem, T.P.s: Just fucking chill already. It's, like, over, y'know?
To find a prototype for the overheated reaction to the health care bill, you have to look a year before Medicare, to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Both laws passed by similar majorities in Congress; the Civil Rights Act received even more votes in the Senate (73) than Medicare (70). But it was only the civil rights bill that made some Americans run off the rails. That’s because it was the one that signaled an inexorable and immutable change in the very identity of America, not just its governance.

The apocalyptic predictions then, like those about health care now, were all framed in constitutional pieties, of course. Barry Goldwater, running for president in ’64, drew on the counsel of two young legal allies, William Rehnquist and Robert Bork, to characterize the bill as a “threat to the very essence of our basic system” and a “usurpation” of states’ rights that “would force you to admit drunks, a known murderer or an insane person into your place of business.” Richard Russell, the segregationist Democratic senator from Georgia, said the bill “would destroy the free enterprise system.” David Lawrence, a widely syndicated conservative columnist, bemoaned the establishment of “a federal dictatorship.” Meanwhile, three civil rights workers were murdered in Philadelphia, Miss.

That a tsunami of anger is gathering today is illogical, given that what the right calls “Obamacare” is less provocative than either the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or Medicare, an epic entitlement that actually did precipitate a government takeover of a sizable chunk of American health care. But the explanation is plain: the health care bill is not the main source of this anger and never has been. It’s merely a handy excuse. The real source of the over-the-top rage of 2010 is the same kind of national existential reordering that roiled America in 1964.

In fact, the current surge of anger — and the accompanying rise in right-wing extremism — predates the entire health care debate. The first signs were the shrieks of “traitor” and “off with his head” at Palin rallies as Obama’s election became more likely in October 2008. Those passions have spiraled ever since — from Gov. Rick Perry’s kowtowing to secessionists at a Tea Party rally in Texas to the gratuitous brandishing of assault weapons at Obama health care rallies last summer to “You lie!” piercing the president’s address to Congress last fall like an ominous shot.

If Obama’s first legislative priority had been immigration or financial reform or climate change, we would have seen the same trajectory. The conjunction of a black president and a female speaker of the House — topped off by a wise Latina on the Supreme Court and a powerful gay Congressional committee chairman — would sow fears of disenfranchisement among a dwindling and threatened minority in the country no matter what policies were in play. It’s not happenstance that Frank, Lewis and Cleaver — none of them major Democratic players in the health care push — received a major share of last weekend’s abuse. When you hear demonstrators chant the slogan “Take our country back!,” these are the people they want to take the country back from.
Almost as satisfying as typing it oneself! Wooooo! Thanks also to Mr. Rich for "playing the race card" we avoided mere items ago. (Mostly on the basis of "A little obvious, isn't it?") And for upping the ante w/ the sexism card (We're such a grunty little malebeast we forgot the little ladies entirely.) & not in the "You're a sexist 'cause you called Sarah Palin an airhead" sense of sexism.

Beyond all the above fear factors, we're sticking to our story that the brain-washed (into white liberal guilt by unionized public school teachers) children of the Tea Partiers are just as guilty of country rustlin' as any less-male, more-ethnic types, & this is what really has their hides so chapped.

Internet Party's Over Kids, Mommy's Home!

Jonah, of course, is the Goldberg under discussion.
We know others who don't like the slippery slope of fantasy violence.

Lay-Tar (0100 the next day): Moments earlier. Not sure this qualifies.
Perhaps it is necessary to remind when there is a sudden outburst of that sort of thing. Obviously OK to call Goldberg "stupid & ugly." That couldn't be construed badly, could it?

Hey, You, Get Offa My Lawn!

After asking ourself "Huh?" & "From Whom?" for the last X mos., we finally realized who (other than the "colored guy," obviously) these aging wretches think "took their country" from them.
Their children. Who else? And they should be scared of the yout'. Hell, we get nervous whenever we read an Internit 20-nothing whining about Boomers being selfish assholes who put the country on the road to ruin. (NB: We in the draftable generation damn well had something to say about the awful shits of the Greatest Generalization who spawned us & Vietnam, by the fucking way.) Will enough people, some where, some time, eventually wise up & stop this crap?* Even futility is futile at this point.

We un-digress: Whatever they think "took" means, no one actually snatched their country & hid it under the North Pole or in China or put it on the moon where it can be mooned overstared at it half the month. They can move from Detroit & SLC to Vegas & California w/o travel papers. The tee vee's still on. The yoke of coercive taxation? Only in their victimized minds.

The huge cross-section of honkies over 50 who spoke "In Their Own Words," as NBC News puts it, were articulate (multi-syllabic, even) did not have cracker accents, & weren't shoving bibles, guns or both at the camera, yet, like the schmuck w/ the "I didn't vote for this Obamanation" sign, just won't admit that several million more people voted for Obama than voted against Obamanation.

Whatever. It's fear. (And a quick mention of race & its card.) We wish the bi-coastal Gloria Gunn had been asked if Social Security & Medicare had enslaved her to gov't. tyranny, put her on that ol' road to serfdom or anything remotely like that. Or how she'd feel about the gummint taking those SS checks off her back.

Fear can be used to encourage spending too. "Defense" spending? Never a peep about the Pentagon's sacred $700 billion/yr. from these brave American Eagles. (Just how many fucking "third rails" are there in American politics & gov't., anyway?) Until a red circle-&-slash superimposed on a picture of a $135 million F-35 (Or: "What if the Pentagon had to hold a bake sale?") is seen at a Tea Party gathering, we refuse to take any of the whining about going into debt any more seriously than their other fears & loathings.
In Depth Analysis (He heh, we typed "Analysis.")
We're Not Gonna Siddown & Shut Up. Thank You For Standin' Up.Reduced to making fun of that poor woman again.
*And so totally dulled out we seem to be making pleas for, like, human understanding & kindness or something. Sort of. This is not good. We really need to pay more attention to this stuff.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Another Big Fucking Deal (Not Safe For Work, Christians, Or Sensitive People)

We love Tommy, a real gawd-fearing America lover who had some issues w/ his son. (Also a cock-sucker, oddly enough.)Fucking goddamnit, we hadn't heard all of those.

Nonetheless, we think Earl Weaver tops Tommy in a mere minute & 45, as he takes on the fans, players, announcer & ball club. Heavens!Awww. Some kind of joke there, second time through we could hear Earl almost breaking up. Still fun, but we have to give it to Lasorda for fucking meaning it, man.

Today In Anti-Semitic Hate Speech

A tip of the vieux chapeau to Peabody, who informed us of War in Context, a wonderful source for statements many consider outrageous. We think the Congress members are the outrageous ones.
A letter signed by 300 members of Congress and sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declares:

A strong Israel is an asset to the national security of the United States and brings stability to the Middle East.

What an accomplishment! That so many fallacies could be packed into a single sentence!

But the lunacy isn’t confined to Congress. Right in the middle of what is being described as the worst rift in US-Israeli relations in decades, when it comes to the business of business it’s business as usual:

Even as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received the full wrath of the Obama administration, the Defense Ministry and Pentagon were concluding yet another huge deal.

Israel will buy three new Hercules-J transport aircraft, built by Lockheed Martin, at a cost of $250 million. The planes will be manufactured according to Israeli specifications and include many systems produced by Israeli military suppliers.

The deal goes to show that a continuing diplomatic crisis between Israel and the United States has still to make itself felt as far as defense relations are concerned.
Where is all that fucking outrage?

We Have Met The Enemy And ...

In its entirety, old blather, but a wonderful example of losers turning on themselves, & a good test of our new subtlety/laziness approach. There's no fucking reason whatsoever to type clever crap, bolding should serve as commentary enough.

Charles Murray: Frum Isn’t Telling the Truth About AEI

The “Bell Curve” and “In Our Hands” author and AEI scholar writes at length in National Review about the departure of David Frum from AEI. The argument: Frum had become “invisible as a member of the institute,” and that he can’t be serious about donors complaining about his work.
The idea that AEI donors sit down to talk with AEI’s president about who should and shouldn’t be on the staff, or what the staff should write, is fantasy. David has never seen the slightest sign of anything like that at AEI. He can’t have. He made it up. AEI has a culture, the scholars are fiercely proud of that culture, and at its heart is total intellectual freedom. As for the reality of that intellectual freedom, I think it’s fair to say I know what I’m talking about. I’ve pushed it to the limit. Arthur Brooks is just as adamant about preserving that culture as Chris DeMuth was, and Chris’s devotion to it was seamless.
Meanwhile, Frum’s wife Danielle Crittenden fires at the critics of her husband:
We have both been part of the conservative movement for, as mentioned, the better part of half of our lives. And I can categorically state I’ve never seen such a hostile environment towards free thought and debate — once the hallmarks of Reaganism, the politics with which we grew up — prevail in our movement as it does today. The thuggish demagoguery of the Limbaughs and Becks is a trait we once derided in the old socialist Left. Well boys, take a look in the mirror. It is us now.

Is 2 A Communist!! Gov't. All Evil!1!!1 Help!

For the discerning masochist, 33 more seconds.Can't get enough UPDATE:
A 'tater at MMfA leads us to a VJ story from CBN, wherein
Victoria recalls when she was in Los Angeles 20 years ago, it was hard to find Christians in the media. Being a Christian is always being a minority, but then it felt even more so. Victoria says that because American entertainment is such a worldwide influence, being a missionary in the entertainment industry/Hollywood can be even more important than being a missionary in Africa. She also says that many times Christians complain about the entertainment that is out in the world. Victoria challenges that if you don’t like it, you should go out and do something about it. This is why she feels called back to Los Angeles. She sees it as her mission field.
And a chance to make enough money to retire on. Ha ha.

Frum Lite

We s'pose this "lawyer" wants to throw the rubes some red meat to calm them down enough that they'll pay some attention to his pathetic attempt at insight.

The meat, however, remains red only through dye injection. "Commonsense" crap that's past the expiration date even for carrion-eaters.
Its time for a change to an administration comprised of people who have achieved something in the real, private sector world and appreciate the need for government to support and not oppose the efforts of the private sector, and understand that diplomacy and legal proceedings will not deter those bent on our destruction. It's time for change to an administration that realizes it's role is to serve the people -- not to talk down to them, and to circumvent their preferences.

With its leftist economic policies culminating in the tortured takeover of the health care system, which will only reduce the quality of care while inhibiting economic recovery with its plethora of new taxes and mandates, and naïve, pacifist approach to national security emphasizing "dialogue" with rogue states over respect of all, this administration has demonstrated that it can not govern effectively.

The time is ripe for Republicans to seize the initiative, and get the country back on track to prosperity and peace, through genuine Republican policies.
A cogent analysis of just what the Obama Admin. has done. Between the nationalization of every health insurer, & the appeasement-by-drone in Afghanistan & Pakistan, followed by the NATO pull-out, it's certainly time to return Ronald Reagan to office, isn't it?

And what are the solutions that someone who has recited every line of Obama Derangement 101 short of "Marxist/Muslim Kenyan Usurper" might suggest to "right" the country w/ sensible Republicanism? "People who have achieved something in the real, private sector world" is the clue. (As far as that goes, we'd be more than happy for the world to be ruled by a benevolently despotic troika composed of Czars Bill Gates, Warren Buffet & George Soros. Anyone else w/ us?)  Glibertarianism, baby!
The Republican Party was handed a mandate in Congress as far back as 1994 to lead through small government, low taxes, accountability in education and strong defense, but squandered that mandate, paving the way for the escapades of the Obama-Pelosi-Holder crew, through reckless spending causing huge -- at least by pre-Obama standards -- budget deficits, inappropriate personal behavior of Duke Cunningham, Mark Foley, Tom DeLay, etc. and a preoccupation with involvement in peoples' private lives. The elections of 2006 and 2008 were very clear messages that government must "butt out" of peoples' lives where they are doing no harm to anyone else, and focus on issues that actually matter on Main Street, and that Republicans must not be Democrats 'lite' in throwing money at problems.
So, Republicans were handed a mandate in 1994. And in 2006 & 2008 as well! Remember? (Imagine what a mandate for reaction it will be if Obama only beats the GOP candidate by three or four pct. pts. in 2012!) Words meaning what lawyers (There's a productive profession. Create some value for us, Marty!) want them to, a mandate is now, by definition, something only Republicans can achieve. Also by definition, bankers & private enterprise can not "do harm to anyone else."
We now need a new generation of leadership to step forward, repudiate the missteps of the recent past and make clear that the Republican brand stands for real fiscal conservatism for both individuals and governments, individual liberty, including the right to succeed or fail on one's own merits, strong -- not necessarily expensive -- defense, and responsible personal behavior by candidates and office-holders.
"Make clear that the Republican brand stands for real fiscal conservatism for ... individuals." That's "individual liberty" for you! If an individual files for bankruptcy, will s/he be marched off to the workhouse, or is debtor's prison going to solve the problem?

Maybe there'll be room in the workhouse for those who don't meet Marty's purity test (Of course there's a purity test, though, somewhat surprisingly, not the "social issues" one.)
[T]his means proper vetting of potential candidates to weed out those who are unwilling or unable to be legitimate Republicans, and meaningful party discipline to ensure that those who are elected not forget why they were elected.


This means the party leadership should take steps to keep legislators and candidates "on message" with issues that impact the largest numbers of people -- not just a tiny and perhaps mythical "base". This is likely to mean keeping a distance from the Tea Party zealots.
Is it? "Fiscal responsibility" is what the T.P. people seem to be on about, rather than Kulturkampf. They certainly believe that the HCR bill was a "tortured takeover of the health care system." And there's not very much T.P. condemnation of the "naive, pacifist approach" of the current Admin. to the magic wars that don't run up any debt or anything that Bush started. That, after all, would necessitate mentioning Bush. Mr. Robins makes no mention of the forty-third Preznit, preferring to focus on the criminal activity of the Republicans in Congress, Abramoff & so forth. Heh, indeed easier to discuss the convicted grifters than the war criminals in the Grand Old Party.
As a result of the moral and intellectual bankruptcy the Democratic Party has recently demonstrated in its zeal to recapture the New Deal, for our country to have a bright future, the Republican Party must meet the challenges and demonstrate that it is willing and able to return to its roots.
Alright then. Let's review: The Democrats (despite the list of non-Bush Republican transgressions that Marty cranked out) are morally & intellectually bankrupt, & shame on them for wanting to recapture their popular & successful New Deal (Also: Medicare & Civil Rights legislation) roots, but the Republicans should get back to their every man for himself & devil take the hindmost free-market roots, which have worked so well for the national economy since Reagan started handing the treasury over to the already-haves thirty yrs. ago.

We actually find ourself agreeing w/ this lawyer feller. Cut the religious wackos out, reëstablish that the GOP's been taking their tithes & not producing (Free market, suckers!) for the last thirty+ yrs., & eliminate a large portion the Republican base, then run on "buoyant markets" & no regulation, right until the next buoyant market bursts & all the allowed-to-get-too-big-to-fail companies need another bail-out which Republicans will support until the elections roll around again. Excellent ideas, Mr. Lawyer. Go for it, elephants!

Probably Too Stupid Even To Be Aware What Filthy Hypocrites They Are

Tea Partiers Want a Smaller Government That Creates More Jobs
There is very little that those who identify as Tea Party supporters agree on, a new poll shows, except that they "want the federal government out of their lives except when it comes to creating jobs."
Read original story in Bloomberg | Friday, March 26, 2010
From Bloomberg:
“The ideas that find nearly universal agreement among Tea Party supporters are rather vague,” says J. Ann Selzer, the pollster who created the survey. “You would think any idea that involves more government action would be anathema, and that is just not the case.”
You lose, suckers:
Jobless Recoveries Are Here To Stay
A new report finds that a drop in hiring has been the trend over the past several recessions, and it's looking like things are getting worse.
Read original story in The Atlantic | Thursday, March 25, 2010
C'mon, let's hear some boiler-plate about the land of opportunity & freedom, & how the wealthy should be taxed less so they may create more jobs. We're waiting, fasco-economists.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Free Money

Cash from an armored car gets loose, & the fucking pigs act as if it were their fucking moolah.
"There's still a lot of money out there," Kelso said. "People need* to come in and turn the money in. If they don't and we ID them, they will be facing charges."
Easy for us to type from here, but go fuck yourself, Sarge.

*Fuck you again, Sarge. For the five millionth time, English-speakers, no one, anywhere, ever, "needs" to do anything. Period.

Liberal Media Smears Again

The Wretched Gray Lady would have us believe
Reagan was all about sunny optimism, and at times bipartisan bonhomie. In him, the American people saw their better half.
Huh? Better half? People saw their spouses in him?

Wasn't he an amiable, easily manipulated dunce/actor w/ dementia & occasional notes of sociopathy ("We begin bombimg Russia in five mins.") who, later in life, needed to be outfitted w/ oven mitts to keep him from clawing the help?

As Good A Reason As Any To Despise Andrew Sullivan

It's hard to imagine a deeper crisis for the Catholic hierarchy than this. If the church is to survive - and it will because it is the vessel of eternal truth - it will have to go through a wrenching transformation.
The rest of this vessel may be read.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

This Just In: Reactionaries At Defcon 2 (UPDATED)

Realized why we don't read Powerline much. Barely into this before our overwhelming sentiment became, "Who asked you, anyway?" & we went away.

The headline enticed us out of the boat.

What Was That Line About the Tree of Liberty and the Blood of Tyrants?

And, this opening sentence caught the eye:
To be clear, I don't advocate violence against elected officials in America.
Yes, let me be perfectly clear about that. (Except the "in America" part. Exceptions to the firm statement?) And I like apple pie, too.

We didn't read on; can it be assumed that the "condemn/don't advocate" (Note already-sliding scale.) intros were to offset the "on the other hand, we completely understand the righteous anger of the losers" typing that no doubt followed?

The fun is that these buffoons are on the defensive, & will be prefacing their spew w/ self-righteous condemnations of violence for at least a day or two.

UPDATE (24 March 2010 @ 2255 PDT): Spoke too soon. At 1737 (ET?) as quoted above, Dan Riehl does not advocate violence.

Do check at 2013. He may not be advocating violence, but we know whose fault it will be when it inevitably happens:
And now, what? These malignant little tyrants want to play the victim? After victimizing America with their pathetic antics, their corrupt practices, all to push a destructive ideology America has long rejected? The Democrats are the real criminals here. They have torn the fabric of America with a repulsive world view they now hope to thrust upon the American people, whether we like it, or not.

And the American people are beginning to say Not! - which is their God given right their Constitution, not some low rent, half-baked excuse for a politician, ensures for them. You broke it, the public trust, among other things. And now you've bought it. So, own it for once you miserable little cretins. Resign your offices and crawl back under your rocks if you can't take the heat that you and no one else generated. And don't expect us to feel sorry for you, or respect you for the wrath you're now faced with confronting. That may be the only thing you actually deserve for the unjust and un-democratic way in which you've comported yourselves throughout this entire charade.

You can choke on it and rot in hell where you belong after wards for all I care. You behaved like tyrants and now some few are treating you like tyrants. Where in the hell is the big surprise in that? Because I can't find it. All I see is a bunch of miserable creatures unworthy of the offices they hold. And I can't wait to see your sorry asses thrown out of them come this fall. Boo freakin' hoo, too frickin' bad!
"... respect you for the wrath you're now faced with confronting." Stop that, you'll hurt your fingers or brain or something. Will Dan be typing ALL CAPS STYLE by 19 April? It's even money now.

"Elections Have Consequences"

Darleen cops out: "I made it a cartoon and not a photoshop and the 'woman' is green. Deal, people." Uh, you stupid bitch, objections have little to do w/ racism. This wouldn't be any less ugly w/ Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi or Bill Clinton as the rapist. Wouldn't be any less ugly had it been drawn by someone w/ ability, either.

Just Eat Shit & Die Already, Fucking Assholes!

Now this is the kind of doom-saying we need to see much more of throughout the fucking Internet:
My guess is that the health care "industry" will unravel in the years ahead under the weight of its own hypercomplexity just as all the other hypercomplex systems of normal American life (such as it is) groan and collapse under their own unworkable immensities -- and I speak here of industrial-style farming, Big Box "consumerism," Happy Motoring, too-big-to-fail finance, centralized public education, and the pension racket. All the activities of daily life in this country have poor prospects for continuing in their current form.
As always, we are saddened by the possibility we won't live to see you Western Civ bastards suffering as you boil in your own shit.

Tax Resisters Unite!

[A]llow "local governments to regulate and tax commercial production and sale of marijuana to people 21 years old or older."
This can not pass.

Cartographer's Corner

Interactive version of assaults on democracy (Or Democrats) via TPMMuckraker.

Another informative map we just like.

The "Broken Windows" Theory, Starring Ignatz & Krazy

Less than a mo. 'till 19 April when, we expect, there will be an atrocity of some sort.
Now Vanderboegh seems like a pathetic old punk, a guy who calls for insurrection but probably doesn't have the guts to attempt himself. However, as Maddow notes, he's scheduled to be a speaker at an "open carry" rally in Virginia on April 19 -- anniversary of the Waco conflagration and the Oklahoma City bombing. And, well, imagine my surprise when I go to a discussion thread recommending signs for the rally and I see ...
Mike Vanderboegh is not only a pathetic old punk, but an SS(D)I recipient, it's alleged. We were going to get around to him, as he is but one of the Internet tough guys who, like ourself, live on the gummint's disability dime while threatening violent revolution, calling for the destruction of the social order, & so on, but we were beaten soundly to it by No Mo' Mr. Nice Blog. An inspiration to every embittered old bastard, no matter which side of the aisle he's on. We do wonder if Mike's disability is mental (Like ours!) physical, or a psychosomatic problem because he's so mental?

Why Are The Limeys Doing This?

As for what sinister motives might lurk behind the rebuke to Israel dished out by the British, Dominic Waghorn says:

Right of centre free-daily newspaper Israel Hayom expresses the suspicion shared with me by a senior Israeli diplomat yesterday. “Some three million Muslims live in Britain, and Gordon Brown needs their votes in the upcoming elections.”

“We’ve recently had the feeling that Miliband thinks the route to leading Labour and the government goes through slighting and hurting Israel,” a diplomatic source tells Maariv.

What’s interesting about this notion that the Labour government could be pandering to Muslim voters is that those making the accusation would I am sure — even while AIPAC is in the middle of a conference graced by the attendance of virtually every member of Congress — see no parallel between a British government attentive to the views of Muslim voters and American politicians attentive to the views of Jewish voters.

Perhaps most telling is the fact that this senior Israeli diplomat refers to Muslims who “live in Britain” — as though he can’t quite accept the fact that the Muslims who live in Britain and who will have an impact on the upcoming election are actually British Muslims and British citizens.

From War In Context

"Take A Camel"

From Macleans.
During her speech to a crowd of 800 at the University of Western Ontario Monday night, Coulter told Muslim student Fatima Al-Dhaher to “take a camel” as an alternative to flying, the National Post reported. Coulter has said previously that Muslims should be banned from airplanes and instead use “flying carpets.” Al-Dhaher had asked Coulter how she was expected to travel, since she didn’t own a flying carpet.
We think the real point is that it's just dumb to have someone w/ the mentality & maturity of a junior-high student tell college students anything.

The Hook Will Grab You

The sheer dumb of "Plug Your Head In" & the name of the band have stuck w/ us for 42 yrs. PowerPop reminded us.

Not Debbie Schlussel On Sean Hannity's Concert Scam

Some guy quotes a DK diarist (we assume) who noted the scam in 2007! Ollie North does not come off well, either. Why'd he change his attitude?

From Beyond The Grave

Uh oh.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Uh, Yeah, But ..

In the wake of the passage of health care reform, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has decided enough is enough and it's time to repeal the 17th Amendment which ended the appointment of senators by state legislatures in favor of direct election by the people. But why go all the way back to 1913? You could just freeze time in 1920 by repealing the 19th Amendment. There's no way we'd have health care reform without women voting and a female speaker of the House. So there's your real culprit.
... if we go back to 1913 we could get rid of the Fed as well. Hey, try the 1860 restore point!


Another Laundry List

A TPM Reader who apparently has more time (or a better idea how to use it) on his hands than even we do has assembled quite a list of IOKIYAR activities. If we gave a shit this would be an excellent reference.

Letter From A Loon

The battle for freedom is entering a critical phase. Next on the Obama agenda is Amnesty and Universal Voter Registration. Both are designed to help the Socialists rule to continue by either creating enough new voters so they win elections or to create the wiggle room for Chicago style election corruption at the national level. Why win an election when you can steal it?

Time is running out.  You must act today.  If we do not stop the Obama/Pelosi/Reid axis of political evil now, we will not have a country to save by 2012.
Yeah, why win an election when you can steal it, in-fucking-deed, people. You must act today!

Letters Dep't.

TRUE Magazine, October 1960 issue.

More Crap We Won't Be Reading

The only point here is on the dunce cap Jonah's wearing. We're short on stomach & energy for this, but by the time we rise from our coffin much later today there shouldn't be much left of Goldberg besides a few globs of fat still smoking on the coals.

Microsoft Attempts To Reassure Its Customers By Upping The Appearance Of Security

Monday, March 22, 2010

Another Moron Who Can Not Pronounce The Difference Between "Epithet" & Epitaph"

Chuck ("Tweety" Jr.) Todd. What a total fucking buffoon. Didn't they have speech classes & Bonehead English at the Normal School you attended, you goateed fuckface?

And one must wonder: Since he doesn't pronounce the diff, does he know there is a diff?

Also From FrumForum, Fo Fum

The hardest core of the very hard core, a-prayin' fer a better country.
This may have only been a group no larger then 30, but no one in the group felt they were witnessing anything surreal. Of the estimated 40,000 people who descended on Capitol Hill, how many of them would have found it abnormal that they were chanting back amateurish political history, oblivious to the pedagogical patterns being implemented?

This event is tribute to the astounding influence of Glenn Beck’s program upon the conservative world. Some conservatives criticize Beck for suggesting that Republicans are no better then Democrats. But the problem runs deeper: Here is a man who packages and disseminates a world view about governance that is totally out of step with reality and history. This world view is being propagated and utilized by religiously inspired populists who pretend that they are imparting ‘knowledge’ to one another when they are really just regurgitating the same lines that they saw from the chalkboard that day.

This worldview lends itself to paranoia. It lends itself to viewing the passage of a healthcare bill not as the unwanted result of a legislative process run by wrong-headed people, but as a sin sent to America by a God who is displeased that we don’t teach abstinence in the schools.

William F. Buckley’s campaign against the conservative fringe in the 1960’s is well-documented. He once wrote: “How can the John Birch Society be an effective political instrument while it is led by a man whose views on current affairs are, at so many critical points . . . so far removed from common sense? That dilemma weighs on conservatives across America.”
Indeed, Who Would Jesus Tea-Bag?

Begging forgiveness for America is, as expected, entirely different from Barack Hussein Obama's
World Apology Tour.
The members of the ring would chime in with what they wanted to be absolved for, among them being:

“Father forgive us: for our arrogance as a nation.”

“Father forgive us: for the arrogance of man.”

“Father forgive us: for our ingratitude.”

“Father forgive us: for allowing the schools to teach our children that promiscuity is better then chastity and purity.”

“Father forgive us: that we’ve let evil into our lives pervasively…whether it be love for money, or love for sex, or love for inappropriate behavior, or love for anything that is not Godly.”

“Father forgive us: for worshiping idols.”

“Father forgive us, for becoming ‘me the people’ instead of ‘we the people.’”

“Father forgive us, for allowing post-modern society to not have any absolutes as you dictated. All things being equal, all lifestyles, all religions, as opposed to your standards.”

“Father forgive us, for allowing our education system to teach our children that they are the ultimate authority instead of you. May you return the Ten Commandments to our nation’s school. Forgive us for not fighting hard the day that they suggested that they be taken out.”

“Father forgive us: for how we feel about Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Obama.” (They laughed at this one, “love the person, not the philosophy” reminded George Washington.)

Liberals will be pleased to know that they also had someone say: “Father forgive us: for how we have taken advantage of other races.” Advocates of paleo-masculinity on AlternativeRight can also be pleased that a woman made the following remarks:

“This is not so much as a ‘Father forgive us’ but maybe it is…The Lord was the head of the Church, and men were subject to being under the Lord, and women were subject to being under men. And even though we are a nation of equals…I want our men to be men again, and stand up and love their country, and love their women, and love their children.”
You have forsaken your Gawd, & it has forsaken you. Leave the rest of the world out of it.

History Shows Again & Again

Discussion of David "Axis of Evil" Frum's "Gee, are we on the right stupid, or what?" item. All well & good, but no one we've read has reacted to the opening sentence.
Conservatives and Republicans today suffered their most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s.
And would that "crushing defeat" be Medicare, the Civil Rights Act, or both? (Imagine this Great Nation of Ours™ today if those acts hadn't passed when they [finally] did.) No wonder the former Bush-speech writer's no more specific. It just sucks to be on the wrong side of history every bleedin' time, dunnit?

A Riot, A Riot, A Riot Of My Own!

Cornfed Bob Owens poses the question:

Ready to Riot?

I ran out on some errands this morning, and noticed several things.

The gun store downtown was doing what I suspect was unusually brisk business for an early Saturday morning outside of hunting season. This same gun store's parking lot was overflowing mid-afternoon yesterday shortly after 3:30 PM, with traffic filling the lot, the nearby on-street parking filled, and overflow parking spilling into the gravel lot next door.

I've also seen a minivan with a warning/threat against Obamacare written in red paint on the windows (I didn't get a great look at it as it was moving in the opposite direction, but I got the gist of it).

This is hardly the equivalent of militiamen forming on the village green, but there seems to be a distinct undercurrent of frustration and rage building against the federal government in general, the tricks of Democratic Party in specific, and tomorrow's Obamacare may be the catalyst.

I don't sense any organization, but strong sentiment appears to be brewing. Is anyone else seeing similar behavior where they live?
The wanna-be Freepers that populate ConYank's comments are certainly ready to riot. The personal responsibility fans there await only the next moocher who looks at one of them cross-eyed & IT IS ON, BIT-CHEZE!11!!

Tax Resisters Beware:
The tax recipients now outnumber the tax payers. If the latter won't give it up on April 15, they are going to do some bleeding. One way or another, they are going to give it up. Burn, baby, burn!

With cigarettes at seven bucks a pack, how the hell is someone on welfare and foo-stamps supposed to afford health insurance? Huh?

Posted by: Zeek at March 20, 2010 05:04 PM
Look, two of them make a trend:
Like Red I work with "true believers" and they still believe in that pot of Obama cash and wonder when they get a check for their fair share, they are tired of waiting, I am almost ready to live for a year alone, food and wood stored up, I pray for America and I pray for peace.

Those Obama folk cause me to worry, when they finally understand that they will remain poor I expect a huge explosion of violence from them.

Posted by: duncan at March 20, 2010 11:45 PM
Probably not what Bob hoped for, but it's still a good excuse when you just have to shoot someone.

22 March

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Nervous Nellie

You just never know about people, there may have been a reason someone never discussed political crap, or claimed to be apolitical, but if these two anecdotal radicalizations are to be taken at face value (What do you want, statistics? Bor-ring! Polls? C'mon.) as typical/representative there may be interesting elections ahead.

And to be frank in our prejudices (We like to think we're being honest, but we'll just be honest instead.) we all could be in for trouble if a significant slice of the chronically ignorant who compose these United Snakes buy into Tea Partying & Beckanoia because they've never previously been interested in the actual world, & so haven't anything resembling a clue, or a stomach for seeing their sausage made.

Or is it just concern trolling at the PuffHo?
Something is happening in America: the radicalization of people like Robby and Betsy that President Obama and this administration ignore at their own political peril and the passage of this health care legislation without a single Republican vote portends serious trouble for his party with voters like these and come November we may be in for a radical realignment of historic proportions.

I've previously written about the possibility of Democrats being in serious danger of losing between 75-100 seats in the House and maybe as many as 10 in the Senate. Crazy, I know, but no more crazy than a Tea Party candidate winning Ted Kennedy's seat. After this vote, I think I may have underestimated. And if Betsy and Robby are any indication, even Senators like Russ Feingold and Barbara Boxer, their representatives in the Senate, are in for the political fights of their lives from these radicalized voters.
We don't give a shit either way. Gun to our head, we'd be surprised if any of this foaming lunacy results in much beyond bitter Republican primaries. Sure, a few more-blatant loons will be nominated, & one or two will win a seat & some attention, but we suspect that even if power changes hands Washington will continue relatively unchanged, & the newly-radical reactionaries will just get madder. What happens after that?

Small World, Or: Two Minds, One Thought

We noted this phenomenon (The Mind of Manson, as Boehner babbled.) & almost grabbed the camera to shoot a literal screengrab, but hey ...
I'm flipping between news channels and there's a nice unintentional commentary over on MSNBC. Their live coverage is displacing their usual Sunday lineup, which is a lot of documentaries about prisons and crime and mass murder, and the titles of those pre-empted shows keep popping up on my screen to tell me what show my TiVo thinks I'm watching. So there's Mitch McConnell explaining how this bill will make abortion mandatory (or whatever he's saying ... I'm not even sure he knows) and on my screen, it says I'm watching Conviction: I Put Fear in Your Life. And then there's David Shuster talking with some Democratic Congressman and my screen tells me I'm watching Witness to Jonestown. And then there's John Boehner talking and the info bar says I'm watching The Mind of Manson. The final vote may come during a time slot that's supposed to be showing something called The Squeeze.
There being strength in numbers, however, we thought we'd agree 100%, & note the previously scheduled programs that would have appeared as one flipped channels. (And: No TiVo in the bunker, the same effect occurred w/ Time-Warner Cable.)

More Good Voting News

PARIS – The long-flailing French left made a big-time comeback Sunday, crushing Nicolas Sarkozy's conservatives in regional elections colored by voters' economic worries — and informally kicking off the 2012 presidential race.

Cheers resounded from Socialist Party headquarters as leftists swept races from the French Riviera to Paris. With 97 percent of ballots counted, the Socialists and their allies won 54 percent of the vote nationwide, while Sarkozy's UMP party had 35.3 percent, according to the Interior Ministry.
She only wanted to be queen.

AFP as well.

Cliched Thinking

FreedomWorks again reveals its dedication to the principles of the Founders: We remember when the Senate was the "greatest" deliberative body in the world. May be some psychological sleight-of-hand at work: Just be deliberate, Senators & nitwits, don't try for greatness.
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Bears Repetition

John Boehner, House Republican Party Leader, is an asshole. This is widely known already, but we don't have much to do beyond belabor the obvious around here. Looks as if he's shut his orange gob, here's San Fran Nan. Then maybe we'll get this over w/ & get on w/ impeaching the president & bringing Jesus & White people back to their rightful places in this most exceptional nation.

No ABBA Vids, Just Frum

Cut by TPM.

OK, Now It Looks Like It's Over!

All over but the voting. We now expect reactionary elements to begin calls for repeal, & acts of violence, if this unconstitutional bill is indeed rammed deep down America's throat, despite the protests of literally millionshundreds ofthousands of self-styled patriots.

Not Over Yet?

We forgot the actual "HCR" vote was to occur today, so our sleeping 'til noon had nothing to do w/ hoping it would be over by the time we awoke, which it isn't, as of 1300 PDT, when, it apppears, Catho-cultist Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak wants to get his ego on the telebision again to make some big announcement that may seal the deal. GAAARRRRRRGGGGHHHH!!!

Back to the rack, maybe.

Stealing Is Theft, And Betting Is A Crime

So, only because this is topical. The full story.
Apostles Making Picks for NCAA Office Pool, 1615

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When it comes to orchestral music, give us Japanese rubber monster suit movie tunes any day.Spotted at Mr. M.'s, where a visually different version is offered.

21 March

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Stab From The Past

Twenty yrs. ago, the party clique w/ which we used to party
got organized (Well, you've got to admit we were somewhat organized before. How many party cliques print their own stickers?) & participated in something. (At 4:45.)If you care, our editor is in the blue ball cap, orange T-shirt, denim vest & camera bag in the shot after the Dino placard. If you really care, former girlfriend carrying right side of banner, just before our appearance.

More Noonan Hypocrisy

Stolen whole from No More Mr. Nice Blog of yesterday, in reference to our Noonan item of yesterday.
Peggy Noonan today:

Excuse me, but it is embarrassing -- really, embarrassing to our country -- that the president of the United States has again put off a state visit to Australia and Indonesia because he's having trouble passing a piece of domestic legislation he's been promising for a year will be passed next week. What an air of chaos this signals to the world.


New York Times, October 4, 1983:

The White House today announced the indefinite postponement of President Reagan's planned visits next month to the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand, citing the need for Mr. Reagan to be in Washington to deal with Congress on the budget and other issues.
Embarrassed? Ms. Noonan is obviously incapable of further embarrassment, but she's the one who should be "embarrassed" here.

Also: Satellite Tee Vee Interference

THe Vernal Equinox will occur Saturday, 20 March 2010 @ 1332 EST. (OK, we're getting suspicious already.)

The Vernal Equinox (equinox meaning "equal night") officially marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere and fall in the southern hemisphere.

20 March

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Where Are My Stories?

The 51st State

It must be indicative of something (But what?) when the County Sheriff has to "shout" before Congress:
"the security of Israel has always been at the forefront of my thinking. And for you to associate me somehow through some circuitous attack on CAIR, is not only inappropriate, it is un-American."
We'd just as soon the sheriff keep the security of residents of Los Angeles County at the forefront of his chromedome, & let the Mossad handle Israel. We s'pose his being seen as "soft on Israeli security" would not be conducive to reëlection, but it seems odd that an issue like that would be considered important to a local law enforcement election. What is the dog-catcher's stand on North Korea?

Big Bore

May have to do some trimming of the bog-roll, as a substantial number of those we've considered worthy actually seem to give a shit about some guy named Alex Chitlin who died recently.

C'mon, you fucking sheep. How many obituaries does one schmuck who couldn't hold out until 60 need?

Rolling To Victory

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18 March

Today is Thursday, March 18, the 77th day of 2010. There are 288 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On March 18, 1910, the first filmed adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein," produced by Thomas Edison's New York movie studio, was released, with Charles Ogle as the Monster.
On this date:
In 1766, Britain repealed the Stamp Act of 1765.
In 1837, the 22nd and 24th president of the United States, Grover Cleveland, was born in Caldwell, N.J.
In 1909, Einar Dessau of Denmark used a shortwave transmitter to converse with a government radio post about six miles away in what's believed to have been the first broadcast by a "ham" operator.
In 1922, Mohandas K. Gandhi was sentenced in India to six years' imprisonment for civil disobedience. (He was released after serving two years.)
AP: In 1925, a tornado with a base nearly a mile wide tore a destructive path 219 miles from southeastern Missouri across Illinois and into southwestern Indiana. With 695 killed, it is the deadliest tornado in U.S. history.
UPI: In 1926, the worst tornado in U.S. history roared through eastern Missouri, southern Illinois and southern Indiana, killing 695 people, injuring 13,000 others and causing $17 million in property damage.
In 1931, Schick Inc. marketed the first electric razor.
In 1937, some 300 people, mostly children, were killed in a gas explosion at a school in New London, Texas.
In 1938, Mexican President Lazaro Cardenas nationalized his country's petroleum reserves and took control of foreign-owned oil facilities.
In 1940, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met at the Brenner Pass, where the Italian dictator agreed to join Germany's war against France and Britain.
In 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Hawaii statehood bill. (Hawaii became a state on Aug. 21, 1959.)
In 1962, France and Algerian rebels signed a cease-fire agreement, which took effect the next day.
In 1965, the first spacewalk took place as Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov went outside his Voskhod 2 capsule, secured by a tether.
In 1968, the U.S. Congress removed gold reserve requirement for U.S. currency.
In 1970, US postal workers began an unprecedented two-week strike.
In 1974, most of the Arab oil-producing nations ended their embargo against the United States.
In 1992, hotel queen and convicted tax cheat Leona Helmsley was sentenced to four years in prison.
In 1993, Contra rebels freed five hostages they held at the Nicaraguan Embassy in Costa Rica after the two sides agreed to begin talks to end the 10-day siege.
In 1995, Michael Jordan announced he was returning to professional basketball and the Chicago Bulls after a 17-month break, during which he had tried a baseball career.
In 1997, Zaire's parliament fired Premier Leon Kengo wa Dondo and opened negotiations with rebel leader Laurent Kabila.
In 1999, the Kosovar Albanian delegation signed a U.S.-sponsored peace accord following talks in Paris; the Clinton administration warned NATO would act against Serb targets if Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic rejected the agreement.
In 2000, Taiwan ended more than a-half century of Nationalist Party rule, electing an opposition leader (Chen Shui-bian) whose party favored Taiwan's formal independence from the rest of China.
In 2002, a 13-year-old girl died two days after being hit in the head by a hockey puck during an NHL game in Columbus, Ohio.
In 2003, on the eve of war with Iraq, the U.S. State Department listed 30 countries as members of a "coalition of the willing" supporting military intervention but only the United States, Britain and Australia were known to be providing troops.
In 2004, a top U.S. scientist told lawmakers that all bovines slated for consumption should be tested for mad cow disease which he called "the greatest threat to the safety of the human food supply in modern times." Addressing thousands of soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., President George W. Bush warned that terrorists could never be appeased and said there was no safety for any nation that "lives at the mercy of gangsters and mass murderers."
In 2005, doctors in Florida, acting on orders of a state judge, removed Terri Schiavo's feeding tube. (Despite the efforts of congressional Republicans to intervene and repeated court appeals by Schiavo's parents, the brain-damaged woman died on March 31, 2005, at age 41.) Former Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland was sentenced to a year in prison and four months under house arrest for selling his office in a corruption scandal (he served 10 months behind bars). Also in 2005, Ukraine admitted to exporting missiles, designed to carry nuclear warheads, to Iran and China.
In 2006, an estimated 500,000 people took to the streets in French cities and towns for a protest against a new labor law that allowed employers to dismiss workers under the age of 26 for any reason during the first two years on the job.
In 2007, Israel's Cabinet voted unanimously to boycott the new Hamas-dominated Palestinian unity government.
In 2008, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama confronted America's racial divide with a speech in Philadelphia. It was prompted by remarks made by Obama's pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. The just-inaugurated governor of New York, David Paterson, and his wife, Michelle, both acknowledged having had affairs during a time when their marriage was troubled. German Chancellor Angela Merkel earned a standing ovation from Israel's parliament with a speech that included a tribute to the victims of the Holocaust.
In 2009, under intense pressure from the Obama administration and Congress, the head of bailed-out insurance giant AIG, Edward Liddy, told Congress that some of the firm's executives had begun returning all or part of bonuses totaling $165 million. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced the U.S. Army would phase out its "stop-loss" policy under which thousands of American soldiers whose military obligations were ending were forced to stay in uniform if their units were about to ship out to Iraq or Afghanistan. Also in 2009, New Mexico banned the death penalty, replacing it with life imprisonment with no chance for parole.
Today's Birthdays: Composer John Kander ("Chicago") is 83. Nobel peace laureate and former South African president F.W. de Klerk is 74. Country singer Charley Pride is 72. Actor Kevin Dobson is 67. Actor Brad Dourif is 60. Jazz musician Bill Frisell is 59. Singer Irene Cara is 51. Movie writer-director Luc Besson is 51. Actor Thomas Ian Griffith is 48. Singer-songwriter James McMurtry is 48. Singer-actress Vanessa L. Williams is 47. Olympic gold medal speedskater Bonnie Blair is 46. Country musician Scott Saunders (Sons of the Desert) is 46. Rock musician Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) is 44. Rock singer-musician Miki Berenyi is 43. Rapper-actress-talk show host Queen Latifah is 40. Actor-comedian Dane Cook is 38. Rock musician Stuart Zender is 36. Singer Devin Lima (LFO) is 33. Rock singer Adam Levine (Maroon 5) is 31.
Also Born On This Date: John C. Calhoun, the first U.S. vice president to resign that office (1782); Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844); German engineer Rudolf Diesel, inventor of the engine that bears his name (1858); British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (1869); clairvoyant and therapist Edgar Cayce (1877); actors Edward Everett Horton (1886) & Robert Donat (1905); wine maker Ernest Gallo (1909); actor Peter Graves (1926); authors George Plimpton (1927) & John Updike (1932); & singer/songwriter Wilson Pickett (1941).
March 18 In Entertainment History
In 1965, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones were arrested for urinating on the wall of a gas station. The owner wouldn't let them use the restroom.
In 1970, Country Joe McDonald of Country Joe and the Fish was fined $500 for leading a Massachusetts audience in the so-called "Fish Cheer."
In 1978, Ontario, Calif., hosted the California Jam Two concert, which included performances by Aerosmith, Heart, Ted Nugent, Dave Mason and Santana.
In 1982, singer Teddy Pendergrass was paralyzed from the waist down in a car crash in Philadelphia. Also in 1982, XTC singer Andy Partridge walked off stage during a concert in Paris after only 30 seconds. He had long suffered from stage fright. The group only played one more show ever, in San Diego.
In 1993, comedian Eddie Murphy and Nicole Mitchell got married in New York. They divorced in 2006. Also in 1993, a report by a team of child abuse experts in Connecticut cleared Woody Allen of charges he molested his 7-year-old adopted daughter. Allen's former girlfriend, Mia Farrow, had accused him of molesting the child.
In 1994, the Rolling Stones announced Darryl Jones as the replacement for Bill Wyman on bass. Wyman had said he would no longer tour with the group. Also in 1994, police confiscated ammunition and four guns from singer Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. His wife, Courtney Love, had called authorities because she was afraid Cobain was contemplating suicide.
In 1996, the Sex Pistols announced they were reuniting for a 20th anniversary tour.
In 1997, Taylor Hawkins replaced William Goldsmith as drummer for the Foo Fighters. Goldsmith left over creative differences.
In 2001, singer John Philips of The Mamas and The Papas died of heart failure at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 65.
In 2004, overruling its staff, the Federal Communications Commission declared that an expletive (the "F-word") uttered by U2 frontman Bono on NBC the previous year was both indecent and profane.
In 2008, Oscar-winning filmmaker Anthony Minghella ("The English Patient") died in London at age 54.
In 2009, Tony-winning Actress Natasha Richardson, 45, died at a New York hospital two days after suffering a head injury while skiing in Canada.
Thought for Today: "I take a simple view of living. It is keep your eyes open and get on with it." — Laurence Olivier, British actor (1907-1989).

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Accountability For Financial High-Jinks Now!

North Korea Executes Official for Currency Reform, Yonhap Says
By Kyung Bok Cho

March 18 (Bloomberg) -- North Korea executed the former head of finance of its Workers’ Party after last year’s currency revaluation triggered unrest in the communist nation, Yonhap News reported, citing people it didn’t identify.

Pak Nam Gi was executed last week in Pyongyang on charges of intentionally harming the country’s economy, the South Korean news agency said today.

South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo reported last month that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il fired Pak after the currency revaluation stoked inflation and caused shortages of goods.
We're not saying Dear Leader is right, but we wouldn't say he's totally wrong.

Eye Of The Beholder

At least we won't be electing Hollywood types w/ good hair this yr.
Sacramento bloggers and influence peddlers are buzzing like mad today over the new Field Poll (here's the San Diego Trib version) showing that Meg Whitman's massive $40 million radio and cable ad campaign for California governor 2010 has edged her three points past Democratic Attorney General Jerry Brown.

The bigger news: the weird-looking Whitman, who sometimes has the visage of a wild-haired Amityville Horror victim, used to be a hottie.