The Audacity of Nope

This was very good: .cc_box a:hover .cc_home{background:url(‘’) !important;}.cc_links a{color:#b9b9b9;text-decoration:none;}.cc_show a{color:#707070;text-decoration:none;}.cc_title a{color:#868686;text-decoration:none;}.cc_links a:hover{color:#67bee2;text-decoration:underline;} The Colbert ReportMon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c The Word – The Audacity of Nope Colbert Report Full EpisodesPaul McCartney Appearance Funny Political VideosMore Funny Videos Continue reading The Audacity of Nope

So Here’s Somebody Who’s THE SEX

DAMN, baby. “Rush Limbaugh is a has-been hypocrite loser, who craves attention. His right-wing lunacy sounds like Mikhail Gorbachev, extolling the virtues of communism.Limbaugh actually was more lucid when he was a drug addict. If America ever did 1% of what he wanted us to do, then we’d all need pain killers.” I mean, DAMN BABY. On first meeting him, one might not suspect Alan Grayson of being a crusader against government-contractor fraud. Six feet four in his socks, he likes to dress flamboyantly, on the theory that items such as pink cowboy boots help retain a jury’s attention. He … Continue reading So Here’s Somebody Who’s THE SEX

Before You Get Your Super Bowl On, Get Your Super Roll On

Get your roll on, Chop. So, Madison, you’re gonna watch the Super Bowl on Sunday. But what to do beforehand? And where to watch the game? Don’t worry, Mad-town.I got your back. Warm up for the Sunday action by watching some ass-kicking live! Come on down to the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center to watch the bad-ass women of the Mad Rollin’ Dolls skate their hearts out. And beat each other up. Hard hitting, but with fewer pads. And, if I may opine, better uniforms. Doors open at noon, the first bout starts at one. So you … Continue reading Before You Get Your Super Bowl On, Get Your Super Roll On

And I Thought Working at a Florist’s on Valentine’s Day Sucked

True high school story. I have never in my life had a worse day at any job, and I’ve had jobs where people threatened to fuck, sue and kill me. I don’t know what the owner was smoking asking me to start that day. I didn’t know how to do anything. I didn’t know what flowers were what, how the cash register worked, how the order system worked, what to say when I answered the (one, non-cordless, incredibly loud) phone. I had no idea who any of the florists were so even when I did answer the phone I couldn’t … Continue reading And I Thought Working at a Florist’s on Valentine’s Day Sucked

What Pisses Us Off

Continuing on my theme of how much I would like to marry Alan Grayson in a ceremony of his choosing, Paddy sends along this vid: For me the money moment (ha, I kill myself) is when Grayson asks who’s been lent money, how much, and what conditions were set on those loans. Kohn’s response is basically, “We ain’t gonna tell you, you can’t make us, you don’t have to know anyway, we’ll tell you how much we want to tell you, and you’ll lay back and like it and give us our change.” Grayson’s response, quite properly, is “… the … Continue reading What Pisses Us Off

I Hope They’ve Learned Something

Really, I hope Obama and his team have learned something from the ongoing stimulus bill drama. We all know what happened, right? The House Dems put together a stimulus bill to which, surprise, the Republicans objected. What did they object to? Family planning. Because, you know, helping people avoid pregnancies during tough times clearly can’t do anything to help ease economic pain for individuals. Oh, no. So the President, naively, urged the House Dems to drop the family planning proposal from the bill. And they did. Republicans cooed approvingly, happy that the new President was reaching out to them in … Continue reading I Hope They’ve Learned Something

Let’s Talk Some More

Oh for God’s sake: Davis has booked the Walnut Room of the Hotel Allegro (171 W. Randolph) from 1 to 4 PM Sunday, February 22. He’s lined up Tribune columnist Eric Zorn, former Sun-Times media writer Rob Feder, NBC’s Carol Marin, author Alex Kotlowitz, In These Times’s Salim Muwakkil, Columbia College journalism professor Barbara Iverson, Thom Clark of the Community Media Workshop, master blogger and former Sun-Times architecture critic Lee Bey, Chi-Town Daily News founding editor Geoff Dougherty, and myself. WTTW’s John Callaway and Ben Goldberger, the editor of the Chicago edition of the Huffington Post, are maybes. [snip] There … Continue reading Let’s Talk Some More

“Tonight, we bring you these leftovers…”

Last night I was watching some local TV news with the Missus, something we swear we only do to see the weather report, and came across a story that was the “top investigative piece.” Turns out that Boy Scouts across the country have been taking land that was donated to them and either selling it to developers or allowing for companies to clear cut forests on it. Sounded like a great story and I couldn’t believe it was on TV. Sounded like something a newspaper would have done. Yup, I was right. Turns out five Hearst newspapers poured weeks of … Continue reading “Tonight, we bring you these leftovers…”

These Motherfuckers Are Beyond Shame. Or Redemption.

Time to throw a few rich pricks in one of these again. It takes a very special kind of person to bethis much of a prick: Three days after receiving $25 billion in federal bailout funds, Bank of America Corp. hosted a conference call with conservative activists and business officials to organize opposition to the U.S. labor community’s top legislative priority. Participants on the October 17 call — including at least one representative from another bailout recipient, AIG — were urged to persuade their clients to send “large contributions” to groups working against the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), as … Continue reading These Motherfuckers Are Beyond Shame. Or Redemption.

makes more than 2 of us

I saw this earlier today. Dick Armey mocked and laughed at Joan Walsh and then said–“I’m so damn glad that you could never be my wife cause I surely wouldn’t have to listen to that prattle from you everyday.” Joan’s response– “Well, that makes two of us.” If you like you can contact Hardball at or to let them know Dick should find a new gig…say in the 18th century. Continue reading makes more than 2 of us

A nation of flaws?

Russ (A’s BF) Feingold is on Maddow’s guest list tonight. Especially givenHolder’s confirmation earlier today, I’m guessing the topic is going to be the rule of law, specifically what Obama’s already done so quickly, and how much more is still left for him to do. Feingold’s been veryvocal on this since pretty much the minute Obama got elected, which I’m glad to see. As outspoken as he’s been on separation of powers, excessive government secrecy, detention and interrogation, and privacy, I would be a lot happier if he’d speak up on the accountability side of this issue. As I’ve said … Continue reading A nation of flaws?

The United States of (Frozen) Bananaland

Why bother maintainingthe infrastructure that makes our modern society “modern” when we can bankrupt the treasury withneedless wars? And would you like somesailboat fuel with that? By the way–Dick and Dubya have certainly earned their in-the-sewer public ratings; however, for an entire generation both parties have done their level best to make the federal government the dysfunctional institution it’s become. Neo-liberals as well as conservatives couldn’t wait to distance themselves from the New Deal and GreatSociety, maintaining various fictions as to the actual workings and functions of government. And we’ve ALL suffered–well, except for those at the top, many of … Continue reading The United States of (Frozen) Bananaland

Your President Speaks!

The Friday Pre-Middle Eastern Trip Interviews, Part III: An Interview WithSaudi-owned Al Arabiya TV. Stop The Peace I think the major obstacle to peace is going to be the politics of both Palestinians and Israelis trying to take advantage of the difficult work that these two leaders are going to have to do to define a state; that’s what I think. I think that extremists, in some instances, will try to stop the peace. Your Peace Pardner One thing is, is that they know that they’ve got a good partner in peace in me. I’m Going To Want To Know … Continue reading Your President Speaks!

Against the Famine and the Crown: Galactica Thread

Jacob: What would you keep in your locker? The dogtags of the men you’ve loved and lost, certainly, and photographs of your dead relatives; records of achievements, sentimental notes from friends and lovers. All the things too precious to take with you but too important to store elsewhere. All the things you need to look at every single day in order to remain yourself. Anastasia keeps this picture hanging in her locker, and has for years: this little girl, innocent and full of hope. This is her heart, locked somewhere the world will never find it. This is how we … Continue reading Against the Famine and the Crown: Galactica Thread

Since Virgo’s Already Called Me a Murderer …

Why not provide the prosecution with some evidence, along the lines of a very good idea: By endowing our most valued sources of news we would free them from the strictures of an obsolete business model and offer them a permanent place in society, like that of America’s colleges and universities. Endowments would transform newspapers into unshakable fixtures of American life, with greater stability and enhanced independence that would allow them to serve the public good more effectively. As educational and literary organizations devoted to the “promotion of social welfare,” endowed newspapers would benefit from Section 501(c)(3) of the I.R.S. … Continue reading Since Virgo’s Already Called Me a Murderer …

Well, Yes

I mean, why wouldn’t this be their approach? They watched Dems in 2000 and 2001 and 2002 and 2004 snuggle up to Bush in the hopes that his success would shine on them as well. When he failed, the Dems couldn’t claim they thought these were shitty ideas all along because the Dems had voted for them. They approached it as a gamble, which is insulting since war and torture are actual, you know, THINGS, and then they bet wrong, so they were losing losers who didn’t even have the courage of their convictions to keep them warm at night. … Continue reading Well, Yes

California Supreme Court agrees to hear Prop 8 challenges

Breaking news: SAN FRANCISCO –California‘s highest court agreed Wednesday to hear several legal challenges to the state’s new ban on same-sex marriage but refused to allow gay couples to resume marrying before it rules. The CaliforniaSupreme Court accepted three lawsuits seeking to nullify Proposition 8, a voter-approvedconstitutional amendment that overruled the court’s decision in May that legalizedgay marriage. All three cases claim the measure abridges thecivil rights of a vulnerable minority group. They argue that voters alone did not have the authority to enact such a significant constitutional change. As is its custom when it takes up cases, the court … Continue reading California Supreme Court agrees to hear Prop 8 challenges

To The Foundation

Here’s another interesting one: Peoria Newspaper Guild official Jennifer Towery will describe for Licata’s committee how a community coalition is pushing legislation to turn her city’s struggling privately owned paper into a “low profit” L3C community-owned operation. That’s a tax term for a new hybrid business model that meets the IRS’s definition of a charity, but operates like a for-profit corporation. Vermont became the first state to authorize L3Cs last year, and Michigan and North Carolina are moving toward their own versions of the model. Vermont’s Secretary of State’s office offers this description: “The basic purpose of the L3C is … Continue reading To The Foundation

You Don’t Need Their Votes

I wasn’t going to get too crazy aboutthis, because my most charitable interpretation lately has turned out to be correct, and I think this commenter gets it largely right: I dunno, I’m going to hold off forming an opinion just yet. The more I think about it, the more I think he’s going for the Chicago Mafia tactics. Invite you in, wine and dine you, give ‘healthy’ advice and show concern for your own good if you don’t take it… until they realize you simply aren’t going to play along- then shoot you over dessert and say “Now look what … Continue reading You Don’t Need Their Votes

Zombie Banks! vs. Mardis Gras

Usually I’m loathe to recommend the Bourbon Street Mardis Gras ethos of “beads for boobs”, but due to the current financial crisis, I’m going to make an exception. In short, I think it’s time for banks to “give it up”. If they want any more Treasury “beads”, they’re going to have to publicly reveal their nasty assets. This “take without showing” routine just won’t do anymore. WSJ: Lending at many of the nation’s largest banks fell in recent months, even after they received $148 billion in taxpayer capital that was intended to help the economy by making loans more readily … Continue reading Zombie Banks! vs. Mardis Gras