Monthly Archives: July 2012

Race to the bottom of Colorado Shooting coverage

At this point of the media frenzy surrounding the Aurora shootings, the victims have become known to us, the nature of this crime has been known to us and the overall breakdown of what happened before, during and after the crime has become known to us. Vigils have been held, family members continue to grieve and we continue to ponder what will come next.

Unfortunately, if you have ever seen one of these things unfold before, you know what comes next from a media perspective.

Scraping the barrel for a new angle, a new insight, a new scrap of information of any kind. We know all about the living and those who died at the hands of this guy, so now we need to know all about him.

So who is James Holmes?

Was this guy a Tea Party member? Was he a Democrat? No on both accounts, but media outlets had no problem putting that out there, as if how he voted reflected on anything. (Hey, he was a hell of a shot for a Democrat! = FAIL)

Did this guy have a conversation with guards regarding the movie’s outcome?According to the NY Daily News, he did, leading people to breathlessly speculate as to his Batman fetish.

Did Holmes frequent prostitutes and then rate them on a message board?TMZ says so, which a) means it’s probably true and b) means you shouldn’t give a shit.

Did Batman teach him to kill?It didn’t take some people long to hang onto that angle, despite the one comic historian who kept saying, “Look, this is so far out there that even Holmes probably thinks you’re nuts.” I wonder if he sawthe one “My Little Pony” where Fluttershy gets all mean in the labyrinth, leading to some pony-on-pony violence.

I also found out that several people have had to rethink Twitter after making the oh-so-smart move of tweeting that they thought Carrot Top’s Evil Twin was “hot.”

Even that felonious lust wasn’t enough to reach the top of the “are you fucking kidding me?” list I was forming as I flipped through the articles on Holmes.

Here’s your weekly winner: The media is humanizing James Holmes because he’s white.

I think I read this column about six times, each time looking for “the smoking gun” that showed how the media was treating this guy with a gentle touch because of his general honky-ness.

(Side note: I know this is a student newspaper. I also do my best to avoid ripping student journalists. However, sometimes, it’s impossible to ignore something, much like when a stripper decides to park her ass in your face.)

Here are some of the “humanizing” moments the media has put forth, according to this column:

Many articles described him as a shy and hard-working student.

They elaborated on the Ph.D. research project he was involved in and had quotes from peers who were shocked by his behavior.

The LA Times had a tagline that read, “Was James E. Holmes a brilliant loner? A nice guy with circles of friends? A stubborn near-dropout? …”

Look back at the coverage of pretty much anyone who has done this kind of action and you’ll find that most of this is standard fare stuff. Who was this guy? What did people who know him think about him? Did they see this coming?

The author makes a lame attempt to figure out how the media treats people of color who do things like this, only to find that, strangely, an unprovoked mass shooting seems to be one of those things that tends to shade toward the more pale among us. To try to parallel this, then, the writer provides this:

In a recent article, it was reported that Rudy Eugene was not high on bath salts, and the only drug found in his system was marijuana.

However, that hasn’t stopped the media from calling him the Highway Cannibal, despite only having chewed off a man’s face and not having ingested it.

Even after the new evidence in the case, Eugene has not had the privilege of being called “mentally unstable.”

What’s the main difference between Holmes and Eugene?

Bluntly put, Holmes is a white man while Eugene is a black man.

Or one is shooting up a theater which is tragic, but has some historical parallels while the other is EATING A GUY’S FUCKING FACE IN PUBLIC FOR NO REAL REASON.

Oddly enough, this was the first “cannibal” reference I’d heard about this guy. I’d look it up, but there is no citation of any kind as to where this came from. In addition, I’ve heard him called the start of the zombie apocalypse and believe me, zombies will bite your face off. Eating it might or might not be involved, but either way, it’s fucking insane.

If you want a better look at race and mass murder, take a peek atCarl Robert Brown andJames Edward Pough. Two guys, one white, one black, who were consecutively responsible for the worst random shooting spree in Florida several decades ago.

The media reported on both of these guys fairly extensively, which is how we learned that Brown taught junior high until he had a mental breakdown.

He was often known as someone angry about racial issues and someone who saw America sliding into the Bell Jar.

On Aug. 19, 1982, after complaining to a worker at a metal welding shop that the work they did on his bicycle’s new motor was shoddy, Brown declared that he was leaving, but would come back to kill everyone there. He returned the next day with two newly purchased guns and killed eight people while injuring three others.

Extensive writing by the Miami Herald shortly after his rampage revealed that he had been going slowly mad for months. His racism and his anger toward others was reported on as well. His principal had him seek psychiatric help and noted after the fact, he sort of saw this coming.

His neighbors saw him shooting a pellet gun at stuff and picking grapefruits in his underwear prior to the shooting.

Pough, known as “Pop” to his friends, was described in media stories as being a reliable worker, who was never late and was one of the best at whatever labor he was doing.

Neighbors described him as being a quiet and nice man who kept to himself. He was known to fits anger when dealing with money. Relatives called him a recluse and said he kept mostly to himself.

He had an affinity for his car, which had been repossessed by the GMAC finance division when he couldn’t make payments on it any more. On the morning of June 18, 1990, Pough went to GMAC with an M1 Carbine and a .38 pistol and began killing people. He killed nine and injured four others. The day before, he had apparently killed a pimp and a prostitute, shooting both of them to death.

Go through the coverage of these people and you’ll find two things: 1) the only mention of race is that it was weird that Pough did this, as most of these multiple shooting whack jobs are white and unemployed and 2) the coverage is almost a perfect overlay of what’s being done with James Holmes.

Were there any indications that he was going to crack?

What was he like before the shooting?

What did people think of him?

None of this stuff is “humanizing” but instead informative. I don’t think, “Aww… Holmes was a Ph.D. candidate! As a doc, I totally feel for him.” or “Hey, this guy liked hookers! Big ups!” He is who he is and he was who he was.

Taking this issue and making it about race makes no sense.

The victims weren’t targeted for their race.

The assailant hasn’t made any statement involving race.

Let’s chalk this guy up to nuts and save our discussions of racism for a time and place where they might actually apply.

It’s too serious of a topic to apply to this Joker.

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Picture via WWL.com

Jesus, this sucks. TheHubig’s Pie factory burned to the ground today.

What a pisser.

Mitt’s bullshit in a china shop tour

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Leave it to Mitt Romney to screw up a ceremonial visit to the UK. He has even made two of the poshest Tories angry: both Cameron and Boris Johnson have taken shots at him and the London Mayor even mocked him publicly:

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The Boris Johnson thing is particularly funny because he is legendary for his gaffes. He’s kind of like Bertie Wooster with Donald Trump’s hair; only without Bertie’s dim sweetness. What ho, Boris. What ho, Willard. I wonder what Bingo Little is up to nowadays…

The Romney team, in the person of Governor PBJ, has pushed back and said that they don’t give a shit about what them consarn furriners think. But, of course, Mittbot has attacked Obama for harming America’s good name abroad. Blah, blah, blah. So, it’s just another flip flop. I get dizzy just thinking about them…

It astonishes me that any GOP nominee could piss off the Tories. They have longstanding ties to the Republican party just like Labour and the Dems. Speaking of Labour, Mitt seemed to have trouble remembering Ed Miliband’s name and kept calling him Mr. Leader. It was a blown opportunity for Romney to appear human since Miliband is known to be as stiff and lacking in a common touch as the Mittster himself. Birds of a feather shit in one another’s nest or something like that. At least Mitt didn’t call him Mr. Socialist Left Wing Leader or Red Ed. Of course, to say the latter he’d have to know his name. Never mind.

This whole episode illustrates the folly of a corporate CEO type running for President. Romney is used to issuing orders and having them followed. He treats everyone like an employee and always, always knows best. In the unlikely event he ever gets to the White House, he’ll sit there in utter frustration because only his staff and, perhaps, Refalca the dressage horse, will leap when he beckons.

The Guardian has an hilarious compendiumof all the walking diplomatic incident’s gaffes; including a grading scale. I give it 10 out of 10…

‘Devoid of charm, offensive and a wazzock’

That’s the Daily Fucking Mail. I don’t know what a wazzock is, but I don’t think it’s something Mitt wants to be:

Speaking anonymously behind the scenes, officials were even more scathing in their verdicts, describing Mr Romney’s second day in London as a ‘total car crash’ and saying he was ‘worse than Sarah Palin’.

Another official who met with the former Governor of Massachusetts said he was ‘apparently devoid of charm, warmth, humour or sincerity’.

What a crackup. This is why even Republicans think Mitt is Teh Suxxorz. Bush, for all the horrible things you could (and I did) say about him, could be a very warm and gregarious person and generally seemed to charm those around him. Romney just bumbles around banging into stuff and saying stupid, unnecessary things, like, when you are in London and the Olympics are two days away and someone asks you what you think, you say, hey, I’m cheering for Team USA and I wish all the athletes the best and blah blah blah. You don’t need to actually give an answer that’s about anything. I swear I don’t know how on earth this guy got elected to anything.

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Friday Ferretblogging

Riot and Tilly love cuddling. I think he likes using her as a blanket.

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She got a clean bill of health at the vet this week. Her weight’s up to two pounds, and considering that’s a pound and a half over when we got her, I was thrilled to hear about her dieting failure. Riot’s also holding his own against the pancreatic cancer, and his adrenal tumor so far isn’t impacting his quality of life (other than that he now answers to both “pork loin” and “chicken” because we’re terrible parents).

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Friday Ferretblogging

Riot and Tilly love cuddling. I think he likes using her as a blanket.

Riottillysnuggles

She got a clean bill of health at the vet this week. Her weight’s up to two pounds, and considering that’s a pound and a half over when we got her, I was thrilled to hear about her dieting failure. Riot’s also holding his own against the pancreatic cancer, and his adrenal tumor so far isn’t impacting his quality of life (other than that he now answers to both “pork loin” and “chicken” because we’re terrible parents).

A.

Friday Catblogging: The continuing saga of the giveaway box

It’s not just an Oscar thang any more:

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Friday Catblogging: The continuing saga of the giveaway box

It’s not just an Oscar thang any more:

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‘Devoid of charm, offensive and a wazzock’

That’s theDaily Fucking Mail. I don’t know what a wazzock is, but I don’t think it’s something Mitt wants to be:

Speaking anonymously behind the scenes, officials were even more scathing in their verdicts, describing Mr Romney’s second day in London as a ‘total car crash’ and saying he was ‘worse than Sarah Palin’.

Another official who met with the former Governor of Massachusetts said he was ‘apparently devoid of charm, warmth, humour or sincerity’.

What a crackup. This is why even Republicans think Mitt is Teh Suxxorz. Bush, for all the horrible things you could (and I did) say about him, could be a very warm and gregarious person and generally seemed to charm those around him. Romney just bumbles around banging into stuff and saying stupid, unnecessary things, like, when you are in London and the Olympics are two days away and someone asks you what you think, you say, hey, I’m cheering for Team USA and I wish all the athletes the best and blah blah blah. You don’t need to actually give an answer that’s about anything. I swear I don’t know how on earth this guy got elected to anything.

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Cold War Nostalgia

I grew up during the Cold War. It seemed to be insoluble but it got solved in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Yay, team Velvet Revolution. The Soviet Union went out of business but somebody forgot to tell Mitt and the bunch because they keep referring to that non-existent country:

…longtime Republican diplomat Rich Williamson, a Romney adviser, speaking at the Brookings Institution Wednesday. Williamson was condemning the Obama approach to Syria. He called the country “strategically important to the Soviet Union.”

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It’s true that modern-day Russia is an ally of Syria — and has been accused of standing in the way of plans by the U.S. and other nations to aid the rebellion in that country — Williamson’s slip puts him in the pantheon of Romney supporters who have made similar missteps about the Soviets when attacking Obama’s foreign policy.

• In April, Romney adviser and former Navy secretary John Lehman accused Obama of not doing enough to protect America from the Soviets in the Arctic.

“We’re seeing the Soviets pushing into the Arctic with no response from us,” he said on a Romney campaign conference call. “In fact, the only response is to announce the early retirement of the last remaining icebreaker.”

• That same month, Romney caught himself just after he fired off a warning about the Soviet threat.

“Obama ‘entered into an agreement with the Soviets, excuse me, with Russia’ in the nuclear arms START treaty that effectively required the United States to reduce its weapons stockpile while allowing Russia to increase its stockpile,” Romney said on April 20.

The Bushies were able to substitute the terrists for the commies but Mitt’s minions are running on nostalgia as well as fumes. Me, I’m not nostalgic for the arms race and the Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) doctrine. Silly me. Of course, Michelle Bachman is nostalgic for McCarthyism, one of the Cold War’s uglier spin offs.

Since they’re being nostalgic, it’s my turn. Here’s the Big Three at Postdam at the dawn of the Cold War:

Attlee,_Truman_and_Stalin_at_Potsdam

Hmm, I wonder if Romney has rubbished Clem Attlee, the father of the National Health Service, while he’s racing about London hanging out with Tory pols and being nostalgic for the good old days of the white man’s burden. If he hates Obamneycare, he must really hate actual socialized medicine…

Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Eyes Have It

This is a rare thematic PFT post featuring books by 2, count ’em 2, well known genre writers. I’ve read both Dick and Gardner but neither of these books. I will, however, keep my eyes peeled for them:

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Fuck Yeah Olympians!

Wow.

Ordinarily the Summer Olympics do nothing for me. The attention on gymnastics has always bordered on creepy for me, and nothing else really grabs me as much as ice hockey and skating do, but I’m gonna be trying to find Nur Suryani’s event and watch it, because what a badass.

A.

Gaffe – n. – When You Accidentally Say What You Think

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So Mitt’s in full walkback/denial mode as to his adviser’s cloddish phrasing

But aside from the piss-poor choice of words — dog whistle, even for wingnuts, calls for a bit more tact — was anyone really surprised? Clift, not my favorite writer, gets it right this time — there’s been a sustained and ongoing effort to paint Obama as less-than-American…and, to paraphrase another not favorite writer, only a fool — or a pundit — would fail to see what’s so “other” about the president.

And you can bet if it had gotten some positive traction they’d be shouting Anglo-Saxon from the mountaintops.

In Which I Agree with David Frum

I know, I feel gross about it, but:

TV news — and especially local TV news — is dominated by news of violent crime, the more spectacular and murderous the better. TV news creates a false picture of a country under attack by rampaging criminals, and especially nonwhite criminals. The people who watch the most TV news, Americans older than 50, also happen to be the group most likely to own a gun.

Only one-fifth of young Americans own a gun; one-third of over-50 Americans do.Republicans are twice as likely to own a gun as Democrats. Maybe not so coincidentally, Republicans are more likely to watch the scariest news channel of them all: Fox. Whites are twice as likely to own a gun as nonwhites — and it may also not be a coincidence that gun purchases have suddenly spiked since November 2008.

Proponents of gun control are baffled that horrific massacres such as the one in Aurora, Colorado, do not lead to stricter gun control. They have their causation backward.

The more terrifyingly criminal the world looks, the more ineffective law enforcement seems, the more Americans demand the right to deadly weapons with which to defend themselves. It is local TV programming directors, not the National Rifle Association, who are tirelessly persuading Americans that they need to strap a gun to their legs before heading to the mall.

I cannot make my doctor’s office stop showing The Today Show no matter how much I beg. The nurses like it, she says to me. Okay, but after five minutes of it in the waiting room my blood pressure spikes to stroke levels. The morning after the Aurora shootings, before anybody even knew what this was, we were having a panel debate on whether you should “be worried about taking your kids to this movie.”

First of all, the fucking thing is rated PG-13 and is incredibly loud and violent so no, you shouldn’t take your (young) kids to this movie. Not that that stopped half a dozen people at my midafternoon showing from bringing toddlers. I swear the next time a retail spot opens up next to my ‘hood’s theater I’m snagging it for a drop-off babysitting service for the kids’ sakes. I hope that two-year-old keeps you up ALL NIGHT with his nightmares, geniuses.

Second, though, WHAT THE FUCK ON EARTH. Really, that’s our major concern right now, if you should take your kids to a movie because somehow one dude who went on a rampage at Batman means every movie is now dangerous? You know what’s dangerous? The WORLD. I will never understand, when so much out there that we cannot control limits our freedom, we would voluntarily scare the shit out of ourselves on a near-constant basis about things that have already happened when it’s what we haven’t thought of that’s gonna come out of nowhere and kill us.

You watch morning TV (and evening TV about YOUR CHILDREN and how will you KEEP THEM SAFE) and the whole world starts to look like this network of safe areas and danger zones, with checkpoints and times where and when you can cross. Streets you won’t go down, people coming to get you, everybody else out there filled with murderous intent and you, helpless. We know, somewhere deep in our bones, that we can’t protect ourselves. We know this is futile. And instead of saying look, none of us are safe or all of us are and there is no middle ground, we build a bunker, top it with battlements, and hurry everyone inside after dark.

Only to find that we sit, surrounded by ammunition, with no one to shoot at but ourselves.

A.

Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Eyes Have It

This is a rare thematic PFT post featuring books by 2, count ’em 2, well known genre writers. I’ve read both Dick and Gardner but neither of these books. I will, however, keep my eyes peeled for them:

Eye in the skyCounterfeit eye

Fuck Yeah Olympians!

Wow.

Ordinarily the Summer Olympics do nothing for me. The attention on gymnastics has always bordered on creepy for me, and nothing else really grabs me as much as ice hockey and skating do, but I’m gonna be trying to find Nur Suryani’s event and watch it, because what a badass.

A.

Gaffe – n. – When You Accidentally Say What You Think

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SoMitt’s in full walkback/denial mode as to his adviser’s cloddishphrasing

But aside from the piss-poor choice of words — dog whistle, even for wingnuts, calls for a bit more tact — was anyone really surprised? Clift, not my favorite writer, gets it right this time — there’s been a sustained and ongoing effort to paint Obama as less-than-American…and, to paraphrase another not favorite writer, only a fool — or a pundit — would fail to see what’s so “other” about the president.

And you can bet if it had gotten some positive traction they’d be shouting Anglo-Saxon from the mountaintops.

Mitt Romney’s Saxon Alliance Will Kick Some Norman ASS!

When Obama visited Europe prior to his election, it was a sign that he was secretly French and wanted to draw America naked and then not call Her the next day.

Romney’s visit to Europe, on the other hand, I mean, what the sweet-and-sour CHRIST, here:

As the Republican presidential challenger accused Barack Obama of appeasing America’s enemies in his first foreign policy speech of the US general election campaign, advisers told The Daily Telegraph that he would abandon Mr Obama’s “Left-wing” coolness towards London.

In remarks that may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity, one suggested that Mr Romney was better placed to understand the depth of ties between the two countries than Mr Obama, whose father was from Africa.

“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” the adviser said of Mr Romney, adding: “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have”.

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Yeah. Obama and England really seem to hate each other.

But then, how is Obama to appreciate the need for ancient white men to rule the world when he so left-wingerly insists on remaining a black man?

The two advisers said Mr Romney would seek to reinstate the Churchill bust displayed in the Oval Office by George W. Bush but returned to British diplomats by Mr Obama when he took office in 2009. One said Mr Romney viewed the move as “symbolically important” while the other said it was “just for starters”, adding: “He is naturally more Atlanticist”.

Thank GOD. I mean, how are we supposed to remain at peace with England when Churchill’s bust can’t be in the meetings?

Mr Obama has appeared less interested in relations with London than Mr Bush. He repeatedly rebuffed Gordon Brown when the then-prime minister sought a meeting at the UN in 2009 and was criticised for responding to an elaborate gift with a set of DVDs that did not work in Britain.

So on the basis of some shitty staff work and being too busy to be around that center of light and life known as Gordon Brown, Obama is now the second coming of the Vikings?

After leaving London, he will deliver a speech in Jerusalem on Sunday, again threatening Iran and criticising Mr Obama for declining to visit Israel since taking office. He will give another speech in Warsaw on Tuesday.

This time threatening North Korea and criticizing Obama for not visiting Barbados. WHAT THE SHIT.

A.

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – “More meta than meta” edition

Good morning, everybody – looks like True Blue Liberty and Jim Rob are still exchanging shots across each others’ bows.

From the TBL thread about JR’s “If you get caught with that other website, I’m divorcing you” thread:

JR getting ready to zot rogue yam

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JR pinging the coven to a post saying they need someone to replace Romney. (Holy crap the loons REALLY think Sarah will save them?Or they think eternal vigilence will?) They REALLY want Obama re elected!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2905011/replies?c=443

Wolfcreek on the way out

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I don’t see TOL there dancing the sick zot so JR is just play acting drama to get more money.

9% begathon goal met.

JIM JUST POSTED!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2905136/posts

That is some pure crazy right there.

Agreed. So what are ya gonna do about it?

Jim Robinson to me: “You’re headed for a ZOT”

Me: “Zot This, Fool!”

I was a bit too embarrassed to share this in my other thread. But I will. Robinson leaves his phone number at the bottom of the screen on the Home Page there.I made the mistake of calling him and asking him why I was banned. Lets just say getting fired from my first radio job back when I was 18 years old was a more pleasant conversation. He yelled at me. Insulted me. I couldn’t understand some of what he said. He never answered my question. He called me “Mr Young Conservative”. Told me that I was banned and to never come back and then screamed good bye !

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Once JR realized Saint Sarah bowed out of running, after she took fools like him on a merry ride, he picks statist New World Order Newt as worthy of dropping all those so called principles he claims he had for.

Why? Cause Sarah voted for Newt.

If conservatives on his websire thought he had gone batshit crazy, they were right. He should have gotten behind the only one left that shared his socon beliefs and helped push him over the finish line against Romney.

But he didn’t. The voters did not want New World Order Newt in spite of the love affair he and his harpychicks tried to foment. You see, it wasn’t JR and his chicks that were wrong, it was all the voters in all the states except GA and SC.

Oh really? I have to think that his intentions were really screwed up. And for that, he deserves a failed Griftathon. He can feed the kool aid to the dumbos that still are fool enough to attach their lips to his behind. Hope thay have a lot of cash.

Well, Freeperville was down for over 14 hours Wed-Thu, so whatever they’re spending those bucks on, it ain’t servers.

Ha ha. Seems like ol’ Jimbo’s paltry beg-a-thon results are driving him f***ing batshit. (Even more than usual)

The following is his latest foaming-at-the-mouth rant from the following thread:http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2904755/posts?page=534#534

A little “strawman action” going on here? WOO HOO!))))))

Well, the freaking true blue blind batshit RINOs foisted this abortionist/homosexualist statist bastard on us over our objections and in spite of our warnings that we’d never support this lying fraud. Romney is a bald-faced liar and total fraud. Always has been. Always will be. An abortionist/homosexualist liberal judge appointing, gun-grabbing big government pushing, mandate-loving, liberty-killing, big government Keynesian, progressive statist bastard!!

Never will I grant my consent to be lorded over by a statist RINO creep!!

Those of you who elevated this piece of human excrement despite our protestations can now get him elected. You trampled, attacked, bashed and trashed us and our conservative candidates during the primaries and now you dare whine and cry to us when you think you need us? Even while continuing to attack, bash and trash us?

A pox on RINOs and all liberty hating abortionist/homosexualist statists!!

534 posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 4:31:17 PM by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)

Which begs the question:

He said the same thing about Newt Gingrich. I cannot stand when he puts a ‘pox’ on people. Then all of his old lady harpies will parrot him.WTF does put a pox on someone, exactly mean? A curse? Isn’t that anti-Christian? That does not match his anti abortion, anti homos, pro God, mantra.

I ask this question in all seriousness…

If it possible this guy is just losing it mentally? Dementia? Worse?

When I had to stay in a nursing home for awhile there were a few older people who were mean and critical of others for no reason what so ever. The nurse had to warn me about it the first day and I just tried to stay away from them !

This next one is rather prescient, considering that it comes from a former Freeper:

Jim Robinson had to spend two months begging and pleading and whining to his own followers in order to meet his last (reduced) Begathon goal but that same site “almost by itself” could overturn the will of millions of voters in primary elections?::)

In psychiatry, such an irrational though process is called “Magical Thinking” and it is a symptom of patients with schizotypal personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar disorders.

Roses are red, violets are blue;

I’m schizophrenic, and so am I.

Back to Freeperville after the leap of faith..

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Cold War Nostalgia

I grew up during the Cold War. It seemed to be insoluble but it got solved in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Yay, team Velvet Revolution. The Soviet Union went out of business but somebody forgot to tellMitt and the bunch because they keep referring to that non-existent country:

…longtime Republican diplomat Rich Williamson, a Romney adviser, speaking at the Brookings Institution Wednesday. Williamson was condemning the Obama approach to Syria. He called the country “strategically important to the Soviet Union.”

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It’s true that modern-day Russia is an ally of Syria — and has been accused of standing in the way of plans by the U.S. and other nations to aid the rebellion in that country — Williamson’s slip puts him in the pantheon of Romney supporters who have made similar missteps about the Soviets when attacking Obama’s foreign policy.

• In April, Romney adviser and former Navy secretary John Lehman accused Obama of not doing enough to protect America from the Soviets in the Arctic.

“We’re seeing the Soviets pushing into the Arctic with no response from us,” he said on aRomney campaign conference call. “In fact, the only response is to announce the early retirement of the last remaining icebreaker.”

• That same month, Romney caught himself just after he fired off a warning about the Soviet threat.

“Obama ‘entered into an agreement with the Soviets, excuse me, with Russia’ in the nuclear arms START treaty that effectively required the United States to reduce its weapons stockpile while allowing Russia to increase its stockpile,” Romneysaid on April 20.

The Bushies were able to substitute the terrists for the commies but Mitt’s minions are running on nostalgia as well as fumes. Me, I’m not nostalgic for the arms race and the Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) doctrine. Silly me. Of course, Michelle Bachman is nostalgic for McCarthyism, one of the Cold War’s uglier spin offs.

Since they’re being nostalgic, it’s my turn. Here’s the Big Three at Postdam at the dawn of the Cold War:

Attlee,_Truman_and_Stalin_at_Potsdam

Hmm, I wonder if Romney has rubbished Clem Attlee, the father of the National Health Service, while he’s racing about London hanging out with Tory pols and being nostalgic for the good old days of the white man’s burden. If he hates Obamneycare, he must really hate actual socialized medicine…